An exhibition entitled Tribute to Maria Callas and Grace Kelly will be hosted at the Grand Palace of the State Museum in Moscow in September 2013. The Greek artist Nikos Floros will showcase his collection of sculptured costumes inspired by Maria Callas and Grace Kelly, manufactured by recycled aluminum.
From September 5, 2013 until March 2, 2014, residents and visitors of Moscow will have the opportunity to see the famous sculptured costumes by Floros, who became known thanks to this unique method of making sculpture from recycled materials of aluminum, for which he got a patent in 2003.
This is going to be one of the most important exhibitions of the last years, which is organized in a Russian state museum by a Greek artist.
The sculptured costumes of the exhibition in question are handmade and are manufactured by aluminum in the style of surrealistic pop-art and constitute unique, authentic designs, which have repeatedly been exhibited in the biggest museums of the world, such as the Palace of Monaco, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C., the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Metropolitan Club in New York among others.
In all the big streets and spots of Moscow there are blueish-green posters with the Greek flag and the Greek artist in the background.
The exhibition is under the auspices of the Hellenic Ministries of Culture and Sports and of Tourism, with the support of the Embassy of Greece in Moscow, as well as of the Hellenic Cultural Center of Moscow, proving in this way the strong bonds of the Greek-Russian friendship.
The exhibition’s curators, Angela Dikeoulia and Aristotelis Krantis, are also Greeks with great experience in the organization of such events.
A new sculptured opera costume of Maria Callas, named Violetta, will be presented for the first time during the exhibition’s opening in September 5 in Moscow.
“My exhibition is a bridge between the civilizations of Russia and Greece,” Floros said.
After the exhibition is completed, it will be transferred for a month to the Academy of Fine Arts Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, and will open to the public on March 6, 2014.
Nikos Floros was born in 1970 in Tripoli of Arcadia, Greece. He studied in the Athens Drama School, in École des Beaux Arts in Paris for a year and in the National Conservatory of Athens. He currently lives and works in New York.
He has been awarded many prizes for his costumes, while his works have received worldwide recognition and awards, as they have been covered by international news agencies, such as Fashion TV, Reuters, the BBC, Sky News, ABC News, New York Times, Vogue, W and Associated Press among others.