All posts tagged: Museum

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 …

Q&A: eileen botsford, artist

PUBLIC artist Eileen Botsford has been working on a vast spectrum of on-site and on-line Public Art projects and commissions in Greece and internationally, giving inspirational talks, and exhibiting in group and solo exhibitions worldwide. Currently she is the Public Art Tutor, Mixed Media Labs Tutor and the Historical and Contextual Studies Lecturer at the Doukas BTEC Foundation in Art & Design. Eileen is also working with The National Museum of Contemporary Art,  Athens (in the framework of the program ‘EMST Without Borders’), designed and organised in collaboration with ‘KETHEA In Action’ through the educational program “Making my own home” #projecthome for the women therapeutic group of KETHEA in Action, in Koridallo’s Correctional Facility. How Greek are you? I feel very Greek in my own way. Having been born and brought up in Greece and having lived as a child in Athens and Syros, I was privileged to have tasted the multifaceted beauty of Greece. The light, the terrain, the culture are all extremely strong elements which form a big part my identity. What is most important to you right now? For my …