The exhibition Material Links, featuring contemporary Greek and Chinese artists, offers a superb opportunity to trace the elective affinities between two civilizations, both with centuries of tradition and influence on various cultural industries.
What distinguishes this exhibition is the challenge of a creative cultural dialogue on the level of traditional materials and techniques applied in contemporary art, thus creating a new artistic language with original images and innovative directions in the artistic evolution between Chinese and Greek art.
The exhibition will open at Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA Shanghai) after which it will travel to Greece. The exhibition lies under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Culture and the Greek National Tourist Organization, Embassy of Greece in Beijing, Consulate General of Greece in Shanghai, Shanghai Cultural Development Foundation in the frame of "Cultural Year of Greece in China".
"The participating artists in Material Links are outstanding in their pursuit utilizing the past while embracing the future. Through their contemporary language and usage of various mediums, they comprehend and compare traditional art forms of the past, bringing us to a new artistic end, which is both stimulating and innovative.," says Samuel Kung, Chairman and Director of MoCA Shanghai.
Material Links provides us with a better understanding of the diversity of the art scenes in both Greece and China and the works of the artists themselves. With varied themes their works represent different discourses and visions and face the challenge of continuously redefining ideas and concerns of both contemporary art and culture. Moreover, continuously questioning how they themselves fit into an environment that is changing so rapidly.
Collectively the artists demonstrate respect for the classical tradition, yet a passionate desire to revitalize it and rescue it from languishing in the past. They identify strongly with the legacy of their ancestry yet feel a responsibility to perpetuate that legacy towards contemporary culture. Their art gives expression to their unique sense of aesthetics set amongst an international contemporary environment
Art-LS (Liana Sourles, exhibition Coordinator)
Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai
Iris Kritikou, Art Historian and independent exhibition Curator
MoCA In-house Curators:
Ding Yi, Ji Wenyu, Lu Fushen, Tian Wei, Ye Fang, Liu Jianhua, Zhu Weibing, Ren Zhitian, Chen Qingqing, Li Xiangyang, Qui Zhijie, Yang Yongliang, Ni Youyu, Victor Xu, You Si
Alecos Fassianos, Alina Matsa, Ana Mathiou, Apostolos Papageorgiou , Afroditi Litti, Christina Morali, Danae Stratou, Daphne Angelidou, Demetrius Skourogiannis, Elena Papadimitriou, Erietta Vordoni, George Lappas, Harris Kondosphyris, Irini Gonou, Irene Kana, Io Angeli, Constantin Xenakis, Kostis Georgiou, Lida Papakonstantinou, Maria Papadimitriou, Mina Papatheodorou-Valyraki, Maria Giannakaki, Panayiotis Tanimanidis, , Pavlos Samios, Penny Geka, Tina Karageorgi, Dimitris Xonoglou, Miltos Pantelias, Venia Bechrakis.