The ArteVisione art group and gallery from Athens has just launched a new virtual exhibition, which includes a variety of beautiful art pieces by young Greek artists, who pay tribute to the 1821 Greek Revolution and its 200th anniversary.
The virtual exhibition is titled “THE ANNIVERSARY” (Η Επέτειος) and it showcases the talent of professional and amateur Greek artists, who have created portraits, paintings, sculptures, jewellery, pins, embroidery and many other handmade crafts.
Although ArteVisione’s initial plan was to host an in-person live exhibition in its gallery rooms in Athens, due to the unforeseen pandemic circumstances, all of the events will be taking place online and will be available for everyone around the world to explore them for free.
“Normally, in just a few days within March, we would be celebrating, with the much-deserved magnificence, the Anniversary of the 200 years of our National Polygenesis,” the ArteVisione team stated.
“Normally, all museum, visual, theatrical, musical, dance, and other artistic Greek tributes for 2021, would be happening all around the country now, dedicated only to this major event.”
“But what is happening is beyond us and all the places of culture have to remain closed and condemned to silence, because none of us could have predicted these changes and this adventure that began in Greece last March – to which the rest of the planet is also still subject.”
The online exhibition will host virtually numerous artworks by talented Greek artists, which have left their own unique footprint on this special national anniversary.
The themes covered within the art collections of the exhibition include the war for freedom against the enemy, the battles of 1821, the life of the Greek warriors, the attire and weapons of the people of that time, and the famous slogan of the Revolution, which was “Freedom or Death”.
Iris Kritikou, curator of the exhibition stated that: “ArteVisione’s group art exhibition is designed and will run through some paradox circumstances, including and commemorating three different anniversaries.”
“First, the 200th anniversary of the 1821 Revolution in Greece, second the anniversary of the start of the pandemic lockdown in our country and the pause of all cultural activities, which was put in place exactly one year ago, and finally, the third anniversary of the opening of our gallery and our enclosed exhibition spaces in Athens,” she added.
“For us, all the works of the exhibition articulate a kind of personal diary of anti-heroic individual incarceration, under the shadow of an absolutely heroic pan-Hellenic anniversary.”
“Even if we cannot see these pieces of art in person, they echo emphatically the uncertain present for everyone of us in our country, but they also voice the feelings of their creators and steadily help us reconnect with our old lives.”
“Unlike our previous exhibitions, this year we felt that we should host a much-needed online group exhibition, and give the opportunity to many people to reflect and put into their artworks their optimism for our very important anniversary,” Ms. Kritikou added.
More than 60 young artists from all over Greece took part in ArteVisione’s exhibition, which will remain online for the rest of the lockdown period, but will return – along with other cultural events – live and in-person, inviting art lovers from all over the world to visit Athens and explore the tradition and history of the country’s revolutionary war for freedom.
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