Spiral. Primordial engravings – modern approaches is the title of an exhibition currently hosted at the Numismatic Museum of Athens. This unique exhibit features museum objects and creations by artist Takis Stephanou, and it's scheduled to run through Monday, Oct. 20, 2014.
Stephanou proposes a unique narrative around the Spiral, or Helix, which often appears in characteristic depictions on objects of the past. The materials he uses in his creations, which are all natural, refer to eternal processes of thought, memory and transformation.
The artist’s idea was a challenge to create a contemporary approach to the motif and the symbolism of the spiral, which appears in many variations, on objects and artworks from prehistoric to recent ages.
Silver denarius of Augustus from 27 B.C. — Photo courtesy of Numismatic Museum
Aiming to give a complete presentation of the forms and the meanings of the spiral over time, the artist accompanies his creations with original archeological artifacts from the collections of the Numismatic Museum, the National Archeological Museum and the 9th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities.
The exhibition aims to present the artist’s creation in a context of dialogue with antique artworks, which served as the source of inspiration. Spiral. Primordial engravings – modern approaches is a visual voyage through time and art that's guided by the rapport between forms and meanings and motivated by the aesthetic enjoyment that emanates from the talent and charisma of anonymous and known artists. This piece of art offers a much needed spiritual oasis in the midst of the materialistic world.
The artist, Takis Stephanou, was born in Athens in 1945 and studied painting and stage design in the local School of Fine Arts. He has presented his work in joint and personal exhibitions in Greece and abroad. In recent years, he's lived between Athens, Paris and Ioannina, where he retains his main workshop.
Between the years 1997 and 2009, Stephanou taught in workshops in the E. Averof Gallery in Metsovo, the Metsovion National Technical University and the University of Ioannina, where he also taught theoretical courses of art, painting and set design.
For more information about this Athens attraction, visit the Numismatic Museum's website.