Contemporary Greek artists and designers present their own version of seating through original creations, installations, and works of sculpture and applied art
The exhibition presents seats that become a story that takes the viewer on an unique journey.
"A seat has a functionality but also plays a decorative role" as Louisa Karapidaki, the exhibition’s curator, art historian and archaeologist points out. "Throughout the history of art, it has been a source of inspiration for artists. It was first represented in the art of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia and Greece as a point of reference in anthropomorphic compositions. In the centuries that followed, it was presented as an iconic element or ornament in painting and sculpture and, much later, as a stand-alone work of art. It is of course also one of the basic and most sought-after products of industrial design. The seat in the 20th century has been a focal point as a stand-alone object for many artists, such as Van Gogh, Duchamp, Beuys and Rammette for its morphology and its multiple symbolisms; from a reference to bureaucracy, to an indicator of human absence. In Greek art, many artists, such as Fasianos and Gaitis, have also created seats as works of art.