Exhibition: "Opy Zouni - Order in Chaos / Ordo ab chao"
The Benaki Museum’s tribute to fifty years of creation by Opy Zouni (1960-2008) is a retrospective, including representative examples from the wide range of her artistic career. The exhibition is divided into ten separate sections which follow the artist’s professional path thematically and chronologically. It includes approximately 150 works of painting, sculpture, constructions, objets trouvées, collages and installations.
Opy Zouni was one of the most important representatives of post-war geometric abstract art and the neo-constructivist rationale of the second half of the twentieth century. She expressed herself visually in various ways, combining different materials in her works, with the thematics deriving from imaginary three-dimensional environments, square openings, temples and houses, gates, arcades and pyramids, arrows, labels, ascents and streets, interiors double and symmetric, ribbed columns, cubes and rectangles, passages, horizons, cul-de-sacs and checkerboard floors.
In Opy Zouni’s work art and science are inextricably linked. Science for her meant the investigation of reality while art was the expression of beauty. She used geometry as a door from the material world to the spiritual and created a virtual reality using Renaissance perspective freely, with one or more vanishing points. She walked a line between dream, fantasy and reality, logic and sensitivity, a scientific mathematical approach and spontaneity.
The presentation is supplemented by an installation-video eight minutes in length, titled Columns-Shadows, and images taken from the four elements of nature: earth, air, water and fire, which run through her subject matter, constructing and deconstructing the compositions of her works.
The video was directed by Katerina Evaggelakou, with music composed by Nena Venetsanou and George Argyroiliopoulos as director of photography.
Duration of the exhibition: From 22nd December 2016 until 26th February 2017.
Originating from cosmopolitan Cairo, with its ancient Byzantine and Arabian tradition, Opy Zouni adopted the style of Art Deco in the majority of her works but also the Art Nouveau style in her earliest works, with the arabesques that characterize the sacred sites of Arabian civilization.
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