Atrium of the National Archeological Museum — Photo courtesy of Studio Vaharidis On May 13th, the National Archeological Museum of Athens inaugurates Daphne Angelidou’s retrospective exhibition of mosaics, “Today's Mosaics.” The artist's works will be displayed in the atrium of the Museum in the same place where the Roman mosaic floor is located, acquiring in this way a diachronic significance integrated in the art of mosaic from antiquity up to our age.
The artist’s world has been described as ‘haunted,’ transcendental, awaiting an eventual apparition, with an intensely palpable absence. Spaces are fashioned definitively like the solidity of the material that constitutes them, marble and stone tesserae. Space where time has frozen, transforming the moment into timelessness.
Mosaic by Daphne Angelidou — Photo courtesy of Studio Vaharidis
When human presence is depicted, a protective umbrella makes the figures remain absent, resembling automatons. The artist poses the question of the relation between human beings and man-made surroundings, evoking the simultaneous absence and presence of the impersonal human figures.
The exhibition is curated by Andreas Ioannidis, associate professor at the Athens School of Fine Arts, where Daphne Angelidou is assistant professor in the Department of Mosaic. The artist's works can be found in private and public collections, museums and galleries in Greece and many European countries.
The opening of the exhibition takes place within the context of the International Museum Day celebrated on May 18, 2013. The duration is until August 31, 2013.