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In Penny Monogiou exhibition it’s not so ideal

Beat Pazar is all set to host Penny Monogiou’s Ideale exhibition dealing with how dreams change when they become reality.

The Cypriot painter has participated in group and solo exhibitions in Cyprus, Greece, France, Germany and Istanbul and was even honoured with the 1st Prize of the 6th Student Biennale 2011. Her studies took her from Greece to Germany, where she later worked as a curator at several galleries in Hamburg and founded the Compassion Project, a non-profit artistic collective.

Though still based in Hamburg, where she works as a visual artist and curator, Monogiou returns to her home country to share her art with the public in Cyprus.

Art historian Lea Asbrock wrote about this upcoming exhibition: “Penny Monogiou’s artistic practice examines how dreams and plans for the future can suddenly turn into a monstrous reality. Starting with a thorough study of Greece’s post-war history and referring to issues such as civil war, political exile or the dictatorship period, Monogiou’s artistic interest evolved between issues such as political challenge, individual pain and identity issues.

“The work presented in the framework of the exhibition Ideale is influenced by the artist’s stay at Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig, where she worked with a scholar holder for two months. Known masterpieces of art history are a source of inspiration for the luxurious attire and attitude depicted in Monogiou’s works.

“Her visits at the Zwinger Museum in Dresden, as well as the personal friction of the artist with the Greek icon painting during her studies, contribute to the creation of a series of expressionistic portraits that raise the issue of the social ideal of beauty and individuality of every person. An ideal that the artist breaks, by giving the faces swollen noses, huge heads, distorted lips. The intense quest for something intimate, for a known feeling, for a familiar face, remains unsuccessful. The rigid, gloomy faces with the blank look are so hard to read as the people of today’s society.”

Exhibition by painter Penny Monogiou. March 29-April 3. Beat Pazar, Limassol. Opening night 7pm. Tel: 99-076221

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