PARIS – Artist Andreas Angelidakis’ first monolithic exhibit in Paris used Greek columns, disco lights, and construction in the underground dome of the iconic Espace Niemeyer, designed to show how society today perceives Greek culture.
Commissioned by Audemars Piguet Contemporary, the show, titled ‘Center for the Critical Appreciation of Antiquity’, weaved together archaeology, architecture, pop culture, mass tourism, and nightlife in an immersive show that transcends history.
He told The Spaces that it was “both a metaphorical excavation into the history of Athens and into myself as an artist,” his largest work including a monumental column surrounded by his signature soft ruins.
It was, he said, part of his continuing research into the history of the Greek Temple of Olympian Zeus in Athens, synchronized with modernity through the use of ordinary materials such as scaffolding and printing.
What looks like marble is really printed fabric, like the central Ionic column hanging on scaffolding, and it incorporates a modern container, 3D-printed sculptures, construction wires, furniture and interactive life-size books printed on foam blocks to “add more layers of modernity and flamboyant playfulness to the exhibition,” the report said of his uniqueness.