Bringing together archaeology, time and art, visual artist Dimitris Alithinos continues to present his latest exhibition Hysteron, Proteron, Us exhibitionin Limassol.
Organised within the framework of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 under the slogan ‘Our heritage: where the past meets the future’, Alithinos creates within an archaeological museum where time does not exist – or where there is a multitude of times.
On display at the museum are archaeological objects alienated from their original use, now exhibited as concepts and ideas. It is here where Alithinos endeavours to intervene and engage with such concepts by way of his own works that include products and waste of contemporary civilization. In this manner, he raises questions about the role and the potential of art in periods of transition.
At the same time, he urges spectators to set out on a journey into memory, to speculate and define themselves based on the guidelines proposed by the artist himself. The title of the exhibition alludes to a rhetorical device (Hysteron Proteron) where what is put first is in fact temporally or logically subsequent.
Alithinos is considered one of the most significant contemporary Greek painters, with a pronounced and systematic global presence. Born in Athens in 1945, he studied painting at the Athens Supreme School of Fine Arts and at Rome’s Accademia di Belle Arti as well as architecture at the École Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris. He has held several solo exhibitions, participated in group exhibitions and repeatedly represented Greece in international events and major Biennales.
From 1981 to the present date, in parallel to his visual art work, he develops Concealments of works and symbolic objects in various locations across the planet. The Concealments series are in effect rituals during which the works are hidden inside the earth in an effort to preserve memory and the passage of human beings through this planet. Alithinos has made 210 Concealments to date, an ongoing life work.
Since 1993 he has participated in cultural and religious events and ceremonies across the globe, aimed at rescuing local cultural particularities threatened with extinction due to the homogenising tendencies of global economy.
Exploration of time features prominently in his work, so take the time or make time to visit his exhibition at the Limassol Archaeological Museum and explore his ideas. There will be a guided tour of the exhibition on December 15 at 10am.
Hysteron, Proteron, Us – Dimitris Alithinos
Solo art exhibition by Dimitris Alithinos, organised within the framework of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018. Until January 15. Limassol Archaeological Museum. 8am-4pm. Tel: 25-305157