On 4th June 2013 a selection of Korovessi’s work was exhibited in the National Archaeological Museum of Athens.
This page is a virtual tour of the exhibition accompanied with descriptions of the artist’s ideas and concepts behind each exhibit.
The Idea behind the exhibition
Modern Sculpture in dialogue with Ancient Greek Sculpture.
The exhibition of modern sculpture next to its ancient counterpart is a novel cultural approach. It lends itself as mutual ground for exploration by disciplines like Art, History, Sociology, Philosophy and Meditation.
The sturdy marble that has stored inside it centuries of human contemplation will stand next to a wooden work “Life ” with the lightness of its… youthfulness.
This novel ‘cohabitation’, initiates ubiquitous interest from specialist, amateur, Greek or foreign visitors alike.
The conversation between different topics, concepts, forms and materials evokes an array of interpretations.
Irini (Peace) A
Soundgraph of the word ‘peace’. It depicts dozens of people embracing each other in a rhythmic pulse, atop a semicircle, like that of Apollo’s lyre which resonates the harmony of the Cosmos. Peace, a human need, is a timeless prerequisite for the flourishing of the arts and culture. The work was placed in the vestibule to mark the existence of a Contemporary Sculpture exhibition in the Museum.
Exhibition Room 4
Evolution disk (‘Whole’)
Cast brass, nickel
The work hosts the soundgraphs of ten words along with the corresponding words, images or geometrical shapes. The «Whole» seems like a modern version of the mysterious Phaistos disc and calls the visitor to ponder on the codes of communication and on man’s effort to deliver with symbols the meaning of words. The work is at the vestibule of the Prehistoric Collection exhibition, next to the showcase with the neolithic works.
Exhibition Room 4
Cast brass, brass, stainless steel, 90 x 30 x 10cm, 2003
The soundgraph of the word ‘rowing’ looks like a sea, travelled by rowers as carriers of the modern civilisation. The modern rowers are paying homage to the nautical culture of the Cycladic people and to the seagoing Mycenaeans. The work is at the vestibule of the Prehistoric Antiquities next to the showcase with the Cycladic works.
Exhibition Room 7
Stainless steel, cast brass, 100 x 38 x 62cm, 2013
The sculpture is comprised of the wave forms of the sound of the letters of the Greek alphabet. It was created especially for the exhibition at the National Archaeological Museum. With its frugal lines it reminds to the modern visitor the great achievement of the alphabetic writing. The work stands next to the cup-bearers of Ditylos (n. 192); an exhibit that carries the most ancient preserved inscription in Greek alphabetic writing.
Exhibition Room 9
Stone, metal, wood, 74x37x10cm, 1990
Two figures in an embrace. The sculpting of the bodies with an agricultural tool (harrow) symbolises the need to cultivate relationships for the blossoming of love. The work stresses the power of companionate or brotherly love. It is placed near the archaic complex of brothers Dermyos and Kitylos (n. 56). The visitor can see both works simultaneously if he/she stands in Exhibition Room 8, at the axis of the opening towards Exhibition Room 9.
Exhibition Room 11
Cast brass, marble, 54cm x 25cm x 10cm, 2013
The dynamic stride of the archaic Nike (n. 21) converses aesthetically and conceptually with the flying of the birds of the contemporary work, which open their wings gradually and are characterised by dynamism and intensity.
Exhibition Room 13
Transmutations I, III
Wood, metal, glass, cast brass, marble, I: 200cm x 50cm x 50cm, III: 134cm x 30cm x 30cm, 1992
The tectonicity of the archaic Kouroi (n. 3686, 3851) is contrasted with the abstract form of ‘Transmutations’, offering an opportunity to the viewer to reflect on the ways artists experiment with matter and manage to produce forms governed by internal strength.
Exhibition Room 15
Cast brass, stainless steel, 160cm x 130cm x 20cm, 2013
The balancer balances next to the bronze sculpture of Zeus of Artemision. The god balances freely in space, conquering the three dimensions and showing his divine splendour. Next to him, the contemporary sculpture comes to remind the viewer about the greatness of man’s fortitude. The Balancer with logic and self awareness stands with his own powers; he is the god of himself.
Exhibition Room 39
Exhibition Room 21
Cast Bronze, 40cm x 100cm x 10cm, 1985
Symbolic representation of a modern, mechanical ‘horse’. The clenched fists and the waving mane signify the dynamism of the rider of today. Few steps away, racing to victory full of power and frenetic energy gallops the bronze horse with its jockey from Artemision (n. X15177)
Exhibition Room 21
Brass, 98cm x 30cm x 20cm, 2003
The contemporary work renders the sound of the word ‘agon’ with forms of athletes at the time of the contest and at the moment of receiving awards. The rich in miniature processed forms composition, coexists in the space with the winning sculpture of the young equestrian, known also as ‘jockey’ of Artemision (n. X15177) which dominates the room.
Bronze, limestone, 220cm x 150cm x 30cm, 2003
Serial structure composition of repeated brass rods that represent the soundform of the word ‘air’. The work reminds reeds rustling in the passing wind, and visually represents elements of nature historically connected with the god Pan. It is placed next to an adjacent section of votive sculptures of Pan and the nymphs.
1st Floor staircase landing
First Floor Vestibule
Woman – Races
Silk-screening on plexiglass, 100x50x30cm, 1986
Seated female form, with her hands back. Consecutive surfaces with lines interchange with gaps, through which the female form is shaped as the viewer is moving in front of the work. The artwork is placed in the lobby of the first floor, at the entrance of the Vase Collection.
Peace – Paz
Bronze, marble, Peace: 86cm x 29cm x 11cm - Paz: 90cm x 32cm 23cm, 1996
The a linearly arranged compositions represent sound of the word “peace” in English and Spanish. The way they slope from the centre outwards, they are reminiscent of ancient greek pediments. The compositions are symbolically placed in front of sculptures belonging to the east Asklepios temple pediment, and that are titled ‘The Fall of Troy’.
Exhibition Room 23
Wood, aluminum, aniline colours, 172cm x 32cm x 32cm, 1996
The sculpture is consisted of the wave form of the word ‘water’ on top of a canoe. Placed in a room with funerary monuments it brings to mind thoughts about Charon’s boat, on board which the dead, crossed the Acheron river to be lead to the underworld.
Exhibition Room 33
Wood, brass, strings, 165cm x 55cm x 30cm, 1997
The work is an anthropomorphic speaker, the strings of which produce linearly the sound of the word ‘life’. It is placed in front of the roman marble sarcophagus (n. 1497). The two objects act contrapuntally, made, the first to hold the echo of life and the second to resonate life through the pulse oscillation of the strings.