AN ONASSIS SCHOLARS’ ASSOCIATION EXHIBITION OF VISUAL ART IN COLLABORATION WITH THE ONASSIS CARDIAC SURGERY CENTRE
Can artistic creation be exhibited in a space where the human body is put to the test? Can the very presence of a work of art give hope and inspiration to a human souls fighting to recover? Can artistic expression harmoniously “wed” disease and ultimately support the very struggle for dear life? For the third time (after 2001 and 2008), the Onassis Scholars’ Association will join Culture and Health through “Art Beats III”, a visual arts exhibition of hope, strength and sensitivity.
Between 23 November 2016 and 22 January 2017, 29 visual artists –all members of the Onassis Scholars’ Association-, are exhibiting their works at the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Centre, offering artistic inspiration as an antidote to the anxiety and fear generated by disease. The approach of man through the visual arts, as well as the approach of art by man himself, may in fact be achieved in spaces that go beyond the traditional museum or exhibition environment. Works of recognised artists who stand out in Greece and abroad come together and become part of the everyday human history of the patients and visitors of the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Centre. The art of disease. The disease of art.
The 29 artists participating in the Exhibition are: Eleni Grafakou, Eleni Gogou, Thodoris Zafiropoulos, Angelos Kalogerias, Dionyssis Kambolis, Maria Anna Kollyri, Klimanthia Kontaxaki, Pinelopi Kouvara, Elli Koutsoukelli, Kostis, Eleni Lakkioti, Esther Lemi, Isaak Mavridis, Christina Mitrentse, Ioannis Mihaloudis, Eleni Mouzakiti, Panos Balomenos, Rania Bellou, Edyta Mąsior, Christina Papageorgiou, Vivi Papadimitriou, Lambros Papanikolatos, Io Paschou, Lia Petrou, Nikolaos Podias, Loukia Richards, Angeliki Svoronou, Anastasia Zoi Souliotou, Nikos Tsiaparas.
The exhibition, however, in not just another dynamic event of the Onassis Scholars’ Association, as it pays tribute to the person who originally came up with the whole idea, the late Giannis Roussos. An architect-museologist, as well as Onassis Foundation scholar, Giannis Roussos had conceived the idea for this rare, as well as very important for human nature, coexistence and had curated the first two exhibitions, held in 2001 and 2008, respectively, in the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Centre atrium. His words, from the last exhibition, outline in the most successful manner the purpose and meaning of the idea itself: “We believe that here, the works of art may support life; offer beauty and aesthetic pleasure; make the palliative power of art reality; and remind values that might be forgotten in the challenging space of a hospital. Art expresses particular sensitivities and anxiety, as well as passion for what life is and, despite its controversial nature and multiplicity, it still remains a strong link that unites people”.
The “Art Beats III” exhibition sports not only works by the artists, but also a very important initiative that makes a substantial contribution to the spirit and goal of the entire event: on Tuesday 20 December 2016 and from 10:00 to 14:00 at the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Centre, a blood drive will be held, in co-operation with the Blood Donation Department of the “Agios Panteleimon” General Hospital of Nikea in Piraeus.
“Art Beats III” Exhibition Details:
Duration: 23 November 2016 - 22 January 2017, (Monday - Sunday, 09:00-21:00)
Where: The Onassis Cardiac Surgery Centre, Leoforos Syngrou 356, Kallithea)
Communication: 210 3713011 & 210 9493188