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Guardian Tribute to Major Art Exhibition in Athens

athensThe British newspaper The Guardian recently made an extensive tribute to artist Tino Sehgal’s forthcoming exhibition in Athens. The exhibition, which will be held at the Roman Agora in central Athens on September 25-28, focuses on peripatetic philosophy. According to the article, the event is “a great way to keep ancient Greece alive.”
Art critic Jonathan Jones wonders: “How do you keep ancient Greek civilization alive in the 21st century? Tino Sehgal’s new show – or event, or whatever this artist of social interaction work ought to be called – is at the Roman Agora in Athens.”
The Berlin-based artist has made a career of presenting fascinating, interactive events in public spaces. He was shortlisted for the Turner prize. “Now he’s bringing his state-of-the-art actions to the ancient city whose most famous work of art, up to now, was the 5th century BC Parthenon and its missing sculptures,” writes Jones.
The writer focuses on the “encounter between old and new,” saying that Sehgal’s work and exhibition are smartly linked with the classical cultural first documented in Athens. The article also references Socrates, Plato and Sehgal’s previous works.
The exhibition will be presented by the non-profit organization NEON. It takes place September 25-28 at the Roman Agora. Exhibition hours are 8 am to 8 pm.

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