Born Athens, Greece 1970. Lives and works in Athens.

  • 1997 – 2001 Degree in Sculpture at the Superior School of Fine Arts of Athens
  • 1991 – 1995 Degree in Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts of Venice, Italy

Solo Exhibition

  • 2013 Paintings. a.antonopoulou.art, Athens, Greece
  • 2007 I, According to Me, Nees Morfes Gallery, Athens, Greece

Group Exhibitions (selection)

  • 2011 Ploes XVII - The Neo-bourgeoisie Heads for Paradise, P. & M. Kydoniefs Foundation, Andros, Greece (curated by Athena Schina.)
  • 2010 Cabinets of Miracles,  Agia Irini Square, Athens, By Zone D of Zoumboulakis Gallery (curated by P. Kosmadaki and C. Marinos)
  • 2009 Nees Morfes: 50 Years Later, Benaki Museum, Athens
  • 2008 Image, Space, Action 2, Technopolis, Athens
  • 2007 - 2008 Common View, Rex Theatre, Athens, organized by the National Theatre, curated by Ghislaine Dantan and Eleni Koukou
  • 2007 Unfair '07, Kappatos Gallery, Athens Imperial Hotel and Macedonia Palace Hotel, Thessaloniki
  • 2003 I, Me, Myself, Art Space "8", Rethimnon Centre for Contemporary Art, Rethimnon, Crete
  • 2002 Young Artists Exhibition, Technopolis, Athens
  • 2002 Graduates of 2001, Superior School of Fine Arts of Athens
  • 2001 Month of Visual Arts, 2001, Technopolis, Athens
  • 1995 L’ Arte degli Artisti, Sala Consigliare di Varmo, Citta di Varmo, Udine, Italy
  • 1995 Graduate Exhibition, Academy of Fine Arts of Venice, Italy

 

Other Professional Activiies

  • 2002 - 2010 Teaching visual arts to children at various elementary schools in Athens.
  • 2009 Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens. "Playing in Ancient Greece". Designer and Illustrator.
  • 2008 Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens. "Mythology’s Pictures". Illustrator of the Educational Catalogue
  • 2007 Designs and models Hay Group's "Leading Companies Greece" Prize.
  • 2006 Centre for the Acropolis Studies, Information and Education Office, Athens. Illustrator of Educational Museum Kit “The Gods of Olympus”.
  • 2006 New Acropolis Museum, Athens. “Museum and the Excavation” Exhibition at the Weiler Building. Poster Designer.
  • 2004 Museum of Cycladic Art. Athens. Exhibition “The Dress in Ancient Greece”. Illustrator of the Educational Catalogue.
  • 2004 Museum of Cycladic Art. Athens. Exhibition “Magna Graecia: Athletics and the Olympic Spirit on the Periphery of the Hellenic World. South Italy and Sicily”. Graphics Designer and Illustrator of the Educational Catalogue.
  • 2001 and 2002 Dithyramvos Theatre. Amaroussion. Athens. “The Snow Queen” by Hans Christian Andersen. Set Designer and Costume Designer. Director: Eucharis Papaioannou.
  • 1996 – 2001 Shakespeare’s Globe. Southwark, London. Art Designer and Scenic Painter of the “Shakespeare’s Globe Temporary Exhibition”.
  • 1996 Edinburgh Festival. “Everyman At The Mall” by Suleyman Al Bassam. Assistant Set Designer of “Zaoum Company”.
  • 2009 Museo Benaki, Athens. “Nees Morfes: 50 Years Later”.
  • 2009 Benaki Museum, Athens. “Nees Morfes: 50 Years Later”.

This Month’s Work of Art - 'dB / Sexual Counter-Revolution'

The head, neck, right shoulder, and arm just beneath the elbow of a teenage girl lying in bed. It is made of Giluform coloured with intense, vibrant, pop colours. It is about twice the natural size (0,7 x 0,56 x 1,17m). It was presented in one of the hotel rooms of the Unfair 2007 exhibition. Both this and P. Pasandas' artwork caught my eye because they are site-specific – they were actually built to suit the specific occasion: the bed. The exhibition and its 'Rooms' would have been much more interesting in past years had gallery-owners and curators asked artists for site-specific artworks. This year's hotel rooms were mainly 'blank boxes'.

I fell in love at first sight with Kallimopoulos' artwork. I knew not its title. I found it very erotic. Eroticism is missing in contemporary Greek Art. The girl looks as if she just came... There is no sign of ecstasy. There is fatigue and sorrow. Post – coitus melancholia?

I imagined it floating in a bathtub or a swimming-pool. The girl is spaced-out, worn out... she may have taken drugs...

I like the erotic interpretation because it links the artwork to erotic (usually mythological) European Art. I elicited the views of a twenty-year old female medical secretary, a young female doctor and an elderly doctor and poet. The young girl was enthusiastic and saw sorrow. The female doctor diagnosed lust but found it repulsive. The poet saw drug-use but also aggressiveness, a youth's reaction to the way grown-ups treat her; dismemberment.

Kallimopoulos wrote to me about his intentions. The work was made to be set low against the wall. As for its title, in his view Greece did not experience the sexual revolution which took place in the West a few decades ago.

“...Greek youth shall have to cope with recent phenomena, mainly Aids and recreational drugs, which marked the 90’s acting as catalysts.

The artwork explores the social side of sexual expression among the youth and its impact on their relationships and self-definition. The scene it depicts takes place in a huge club or at some rave party during the early hours of a night sometime in the previous decade. Deafening dance music and the party lights affect the object’s appearance. The face expression reveals the condition of someone who has used drugs as the rave party nears its end.” I, unfortunately, have not been to a club or a rave party in the last twenty years.

We shall see it again, set in its right place this time, at Kallimopoulos’ forthcoming exhibition titled (at last, a title in Greek!) Εγώ κατΕμέ, “I, According to Me”. It is a beautiful sculpture, animated, and genuinely contemporary both in the questions it raises and in its expressive means.

The artist has set aside abstract sculpture, hasty conceptual installations, and mutant ready-mades. We welcome the arrival of a new, articulate sculptor.

Stavros Tsigoglou
*Ta Nea tis Technis (Art News) newspaper, no. 157, May 2007

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