All posts tagged: Benaki

marina’s mindfulness maze

Upon entering the As One experiential event premises in the Benaki Museum Pireos St Annexe, I’m handed a locker key and asked to put away any technology used for timekeeping or outer communication (phone – optional). Being the mum of a toddler this is quite challenging to do. Next starts a walk through a series of rooms separated by curtains, in each of which a black-clad volunteer guides participants through exercises for shaking off the outside world, stretching, breathing, opening up (lungs, muscles, mind), creating flexibility. Participants are then shown to a large table covered in black headphone sets and invited to take one. The moment I put them on I am immersed in complete silence as if plunging deep underwater, and as I turn the corner along the wide corridor leading into the main hall where all the mindfulness exercises take place, it looks more like a performance art piece that enhances my light-headed feeling of surrealism. At the same time, somewhere inside me is the blissful sense of connecting to somethin new – an idea? a possible reality? – that …

Cosmas Xenakis, 1983, acrylic on canvas

my father, the artist

AS THE BENAKI Museum Pireos St Annexe opens its first full retrospective of the works of inventive and multifaceted artist Cosmas Xenakis (1925-1984) on March 19th 2015, his daughter Fotini writes about his life, bright inner world and multi-dimensional creations. Xenakis was one of Greece’s greatest innovators in the post WWII period art scene, as he daringly experimented with materials, form, and even the concept of what an artwork should be. Also unlike his peers and ahead of his time, he combined various art forms to create a performance of what we could today call mixed media. Xenakis was a passionate intellectual who also loved traditional Greek art and collected objects, agricultural tools and ceramics that represented the various strata of his country’s cultural and anthropological essence. The works of Cosmas Xenakis could be said to be broadly based on a dialogue of opposites, on abstract concepts such as open and closed form, movement and attitude, light and darkness and contrasting textures.  BY Fotini Xenakis Cosmas Xenakis – my father – was a multi-talented artist: a painter, sculptor, architect and urban planner. He created happenings …