In the beautiful and historical Palazzo Cavalli – Franchetti on the west bank of Grande Canale in Venice, during the height of the famous Venetian Carnival, and Valentine’s Day, the Vernissage of the International OpenArtCode Exhibition with the participation of 48 contemporary international artists took place. The exhibition was sponsored by the Banca Intermobiliare di Investimenti e Gestioni; it was also under the auspices of the Greek Consulate in Venice, as well as the Foundation for Greek History.
Because of the links between Venice and Byzantium we believe that there is also a symbolic meaning on these events and exhibitions.
Amongst these 48 artist there were ten Greeks – mainly painters and a sculpture including academics too –Pantelis Chandris, Jannis Psychopaidis and Andreas Devetzis who together with Mina Kordali, Niki Michailidou, Dimitra Moutzouri, Maria Mouriadou, Fotini Othoneou, Aspa Papalexandri and Katerina Soroula showed their work under the symbolic title “Sempre la Grecia” or “Greece for Ever”, as a testimony of a Mediterranean country today, along with messages of tradition and modern expression depicting also actual tendencies in Greece. The videos and installations in the exhibition speak of themselves!
As the art historian and curator of the section” Forever Greece”, Emmy Varouxaki says, “there is a long history of cultural osmosis and acculturation between two sibling civilizations: Greece and Venice.” She continued by saying that “From the time of the Dalmatians when the Greek Community occupied the area of San Zaccaria, the church of San Giorgio dei Greci, the Byzantine Institute and the Greek Consulate, remains there until today witnessing the glimpse of Venice …overlooking towards the …gates of Orient, the East…”
Since the first known artist El Greco came from his native island of Crete to be one of Titian´s students, Greece and Greek artists have been a part of Venice. Even today, despite the economic realities and the financial turmoil which has shaken up the entire continent and Greece in particular, people continue to travel to Venice, albeit the difficult challenges, bringing people with them including the splendid image of Maria Callas, arriving one luminous afternoon to sing at La Fenice Opera…Teatro La Fenice.
After a great opening/ private view on the 4th of February the event become the talk of the town. The Academia water/bus stop was always packed and the bridge full of visitors too. Needless to say the comments of the shop-owners in Piazza di San Marco!
Well done and many congrats to all involved, particularly to Vitto Abba, Youngsook Park, Emmy Varouxakis, the Greek Consul in Venice, and Mrs. Dimitra Moutzouris in assisting us compile this report; we look forward having a similar event here in London, the metropolis heavily involved with the arts, shipping and Greeks! We remind you that the Open Art Code Group made its presence felt at Oxo Gallery as well as in Paris’ Grand Palais, in Monaco’s Auditorium Rainier III and in the Far East, Shanghai in particular, the Pudong Library and CEIBES!
It seems “odd” and oxymoron – to use a better word, but Greeks thrive on all sectors of life on Planet Ocean, far better than they do inside their Motherland, and despite the current issues Greece is facing, the world’s most important nation on all counts will always inspire the Mighty Continent and Venice in particular.
Greece will always be part of Europe, part of making the European History in its entirety.
Viewers can also see a special video herebelow.
Picture credits Dimitra Moutzouris and Anny Zade who also took the video.