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in Erinnerung an Nikos Alexiou


In den nächsten Wochen zeigen wir Kunst aus unseren Beständen und beginnen mit einer Ausstellung, die wir Nikos Alexiou widmen. Der Künstler verstarb genau vor zehn Jahren im Alter von 51 Jahren am Höhepunkt seiner Karriere.
Nikos Alexiou ist dem deutschen Publikum vor allem seit der letzten documenta 14 bekannt. Im Eingangsbereich des Kasseler Fridericianums begegnete den Besucher*innen eine alle Sinne ansprechende Bodenprojektion. Gleich nach dem Eintreten beherrschte die digitale Animation „The End“ den gesamten Boden des großen Foyers. Und nicht nur den Boden – die Arbeit sprang auch auf die Menschen, auf ihre Kleidung, auf prüfend ausgestreckte Hände und Beine. Nikos Alexious über ein Jahrzehnt reichende Beschäftigung mit dem byzantinischen Mosaik des Klosters Iviron hatte ihr Ziel erreicht. Wie glücklich wäre der Künstler gewesen, Zeuge dieses intensiven Austausches zwischen dem Werk und den Betrachter*innen zu werden. Es wäre ein großartiger internationaler Auftakt gewesen... Es ist vielleicht immer noch ein Auftakt, denn das Besondere bei Künstler*innen ist eben dies: ihr Werk überdauert sie, und damit auch die Botschaft und die Ästhetik, die dem Werk inhärent ist...
Alexiou hat unzählige Stunden in Anwesenheit des byzantinischen Mosaiks in der Kapelle des Klosters Iviron verbracht. Er wohnte mehreren Gottesdiensten bei und fühlte sich, soweit es möglich war, in die geistige Verfassung eines Mönchs hinein, um jenseits der Schönheit und Harmonie dieses Werkes auch die Reichweite seiner spirituellen Kraft zu erforschen. Die verinnerlichten Erfahrungen dieses intensiven Aufenthaltes verarbeitete er in seinem Atelier in Athen und transportierte durch seine künstlerische Praxis das geistig Erlebte in sein Werk. Das byzantinische Bodenmosaik war zu einer Matrix geworden, aus der eine Fülle von inspirierten und inspirierenden Arbeiten entstanden ist. Mit allen ihm zur Verfügung stehenden Mitteln und Medien hat Nikos Alexiou dieses Thema bis zu seinem Tod bearbeitet. Er war unermüdlich und voller Hingabe, wie jemand, der um einen Schatz wusste, den er mit anderen teilen wollte.
Was er entdeckt hatte, wovon er mit den Mitteln der Kunst berichtete, war eine Erzählung von der Bedeutung von Byzanz. Und von einer byzantinische Ästhetik, die in ihrer Blütezeit die Welt fasziniert hatte und deren Kraft darin lag, das orientalische Element mit dem des Abendlandes in einer einmaligen Synthese zu vereinen.


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r e v a l u e
in memoriam Nikos Alexiou


In the coming weeks, we will begin to exhibit artworks from our archive. The opening exhibition will be dedicated to Nikos Alexiou, who, at the age of 51 at the height of his career, passed away exactly ten years ago.
Nikos Alexiou has been known to German audiences since documenta 14. In the entrance area of the Fridericianum in Kassel, visitors encountered a floor projection that appealed to all senses. Immediately after entering the space, the entire floor area of the foyer was immersed by the digital animation “The End”; and not only the floor – the work also spread over to visitors, their clothes, and their inspecting stretched out hands and legs. Nikos Alexious’ ten-year-long engagement with the Byzantine mosaic of the Iviron monastery has finally reached its
destination. How happy the artist would have been, bearing witness to such an intensive exchange between the work and the audience. It would have been an extraordinary international debut… It might still be, because what is unique about artists is precisely this: their work will outlive them and so does their message and the aesthetic inherent to their work…
Alexiou spent countless hours with the Byzantine mosaic in the chapel of the monastery of Iviron. He attended several services and attempted, in as much as it was possible, to see things from a monk’s perspective in order to move beyond the work’s beauty and harmony and in doing so also explore the scope of its spiritual energy. He processed the internalised experiences of this intensive stay in his studio in Athens and transposed through his creative doing these spiritual experiences onto his work. The Byzantine floor mosaic became a matrix, which inspired a plethora of works. Nikos Alexiou elaborated upon and worked with this theme with every artistic means and media available to him until his death. He was tireless and full of devotion; like someone, who was aware of this treasure, which he nevertheless wanted to share with others.
What he discovered and of which he told us through artistic means, was an account of the significance of Byzantium; a Byzantine aesthetic, which in its heyday fascinated the world and which holds within the power to connect oriental elements with the Occident in a unique synthesis.

Nikos Alexiou ( → Artist Website)
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Biography

1960 geboren in Rethymnon auf Kreta
1982Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Wien
1984School of Fine Arts, Athen
2011gestorben in Athen

Solo Exhibitions

2021"r e v a l u e", I part Nikos Alexiou
2019"A Version" / Zoumboulakis Galleries, Athens / cur. Christophoros Marinos, GR
2017"THE END" / Françoise Heitsch, München
2010/11"outline" / Françoise Heitsch, München
2010"The sense of order" / curated by Paolo Emilio Antognoli Viti, Margini arte contemporanea, Massa
"San Marco di Venezia 2010" / Zoumboulaki Gallery, Athen
2007"The End" / curated by Yorgos Tzirtzilakis, Byzantinisches Museum, Thessaloniki
"The End" / Zoumboulaki Gallery, Athen
"The End" / Françoise Heitsch, München
"The End 1995-2007" / 52. Biennale in Venedig, griechischer Pavillon, curated by Y. Tzirzilakis, Venedig
2004Unlimited Contemporary Art, Athen
365 Art Project, Athen
2003Lola Nikolaou Gallery, Thessaloniki
Rebecca Camhi Gallery, Athen
2002Gallery 3, Athen
2001Exervnitis, Athen
2000Alecton, Athen
Lola Nikolaou Gallery, Thessaloniki
1999Gallery 3, Athen
Tzamia Cristalla, Chania, Kreta
Gallery 3, Athen
1998Athens Art Gallery, Athen
1995Athens Art Gallery, Athen
1994Gallery 3, Athen
1992Athens Art Gallery, Athen
1989Gallery 3, Athen
1988ZM, Thessaloniki
1987Gallery 3, Athen
1985Desmos Art Gallery, Athen
1983Innsbrucker Werkstatt, Innsbruck

Group Exhibitions

2021"Portals" / Former Public Tobacco Factory, organized by NEON, Athens, GR
2020"Collectanea. The measure of all things" / The American College of Greece, Athens / cur. Christophoros Marinos, GR
2018"At the Beginning Was the Word. Concepts - Images - Script, National Art Museum of China (NAMOC)" / Curated by Katerina Koskina (EMST Director), Co-curated by Anna Mykoniati (EMST Curator), GR
2017"Antidoron" / Documenta 14 / Fridericianum, Kassel, DE
2009/10"Expanded Ecologies" / curated by Daphne Vitali, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, GR
"Celestial Contrakt" / curated by Christina Mitrentse und Jonas Ranson, Schwartz Gallery, London, EN
2009"Expanded Ecologies" / curated by Daphne Vitali, emst, Athens, GR
2008/09"And now? Visual Arts in Greece" / State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, GR
2008"HEDIYE" / Françoise Heitsch, München
"Games without Frontiers" / curated by T. Stathopoulos, Zoumboulakis Galleries, Athens, GR
2007"Recreation – Maid in Greece" / curated by T. Stefanidou, Greek Visual Artists, Parallelprogramm zur 1. Biennale of Contemporary Art Thessaloniki, GR
"Disco Coppertone" / curated by Maria Thalia Karas & Sofia Tournikiotis, Locus Athens, OLP Piraeus, GR

"The workshop" / curated by Maria Thalia Karas & Sofia Tournikiotis, Locus Athens, Zoumboulakis Gallery, Athens, GR
2006"Architectural Transparencies" / ILEANA TOUNTA, Athens, GR
"arthistory.com" / KALFAYAN GALLERIES, Athens, GR
"The Scarecrow" / curated by Ο. Danyilopoulou, Institution E. Averof, Metsovo

 "Apolis" / Hellenic- American Union, Athens, GR
"Totems of the City" / curated by T. Moutsopoulos, U-Bahn-Station, Chalandri, GR
22. Winter Festival Sarajevo / curated by C. Petrinou, Hotel Evropa, Sarajevo
23. Biennale of Alexandria / curated by C. Petrinou, Benaki Museum, Athens, GR
"The Scarecrow" / Institution E. Averof, Metsovo, GR
"An Outing" / curated by S. Bahtsetzis, L. Beltsios Collection, Trikala, GR
200523. Biennale of Alexandria / curated by C. Petrinou, Museum of Fine Arts, Alexandria, Ägypten
"A table" / Skoufa Art Gallery, Athens, GR
"Mysteries and Miracles" / Photosynkyria, Museum of Photography, Thessaloniki
"Get some fresh art" / Astrolavos Art Gallery, Athen
"Drawings" / Parnassos Literary Society, Athen
2004365 Project Space / Athen
"Athens by Art" / curated by C. Petrinou, Athen
"ausderferne ausdernähe ausdermitte" / Europäisches Patentamt München & Françoise Heitsch, München
"Light Between" / Municipal Art Centre, Volos & Diana Gallery, Athen
"Breakthrough!" / curated by K. Gregos, Sala Alcala 31, D. Zacharopoulos, S. Papa, Madrid
2003Outlook International Exhibition / curated by Christos Joachimides, Athen
Deste Prize 2003 / Deste Foundation, Athen
"The Pioneers" / curated by D. Zacharopoulos, Beltsios Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki
"Sketching out today, tomorrow and yesterday" / young greek artists, Macedonian
"Outlook" / curated by C. Joachimides, Athen
"Free Transit(!)" / curated by N. Argyropoulou, Zappeio, Athens & Porto Caras, Halkidiki, Griechenland
"Sketching Out Today, Tommorow, Yesterday" / curated by L. Tsikouta, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki
"Outlook, Factory" / School of Fine Arts, Athen
2002"Sketching out Today. Tomorrow and Yesterday" / Averoff Art Gallery, Metsovo, Griechenland
2001Glossalgia Frissiras Museum, Athen
"Art Paris" / Athens Art Gallery, Paris
2000"P + P = D" / curated by Y. Tzirtzilakis, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki
1999"P + P = D" / curated by Y. Tzirtzilakis, Deste Foundation, Athen
1998"Greek Artists – Quests 1950-2000" / curated by M. Marangou, Centre for Contemporary Art, Rethymnon, Kreta
1995"Alexiou-Varotsos-Totsikas-Tsoklis" / Mayia Tsoklis Gallery, Athen
1994International Meeting of Sculpture / Europäisches Kulturzentrum von Delphi, Delphi
1992"Spiral 1/12 Greeks" / Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid
1990"Borderline 80-90" / Municipal Art Gallery, Athen

"Itérations" / Fondation Danae, Pouilly, France

"2nd Minos Beach Art Symposium" / Minos Beach, Agios Nicolaos, Kreta
1988"5 Greek Artists - 30 Works" / curated by N. Misirli
, Salle de Conferance de la Communaute Europeenne, Brussels, & Laiterie Centrale, Strasbourg
"Meetings, Highlights, Conflicts" / curated by K.Stavropoulos, Municipal Gallery, Athen
1987"Jeune Sculpture 87/1" / Porte d´Austerlitz, Paris
3. Biennale of Young Mediterranean Artists / Casa de la Caritat, Barcelona
19862. Biennale of Young Mediterranean Artists / TIF, Thessaloniki, GR
19855. Biennale of Sculpture / Skironio Museum Polychronopoulos, Megara, Griechenland, GR
1983UNICEF / Vienna Uno City, Wien, AT