GROUP EXHIBITION “THE GARDEN OF EDEN”
ΚΩΝΣΤΑΝΤΙΝΟΣ ΤΟΛΗΣ“You have your brush, you have your colors, you paint the paradise, then in you go.”
― Nikos Kazantzakis
Group exhibition of painting and photography
“The Garden of Eden”
Eden is a biblical garden described in the book of Genesis, the first book of the Old Testament. The word Eden (‘Edem’ in Greek) derives from the Hebrew word for pleasure or delight. Through their work the artists are asked to seek out their own personal paradise on earth thus offering a mystical-allegorical interpretation of nature. Man and nature associate with one another. The idea of heaven – haven on earth is one that artists have often toyed with, like Hieronymus Bosch for example, with his “astounding and bizarre, often quite creepy fantasies”, but similar approaches to the subject can also be found in several artists’ works, such as S. Botticelli, Michelangelo and P. Gauguin. In the exhibition “The Garden of Eden” the fascinating visual narratives underline our need to pursuit our personal paradise; how fundamental it is that such a notion of Heaven exists. Archetypal symbolisms, mystic interpretations and heavenly landscapes carry us along each artist’s personal myth.
Nineteen artists participate in this exhibition, 17 painters and 2 photographers: Rena Avayianou, Adrianos, Magda Apostolou, Katia Varvaki, Irene Kana, Maria Ktistopoulou, Helena Lakkioti, Spyros Lytras, Stavroula Michalopoulou, Giorgos Mouratidis, Sofia Boboli, Despoina Pantazi, Siagris Panagiotis, Vassiliki Sofra, Kerassia Touliatou, Despina Tsakni Giannis Tsoumas.