12.08.2015 - 01.17.2016
16 Fokionos Negri Str.

16 Fokionos Negri Str.
11257, Athens


Citronne Gallery

Admission free of charge

Opening hours:
Wednesday-Friday: 6-9pm
Saturday: 12-8pm
Sunday: 12-3pm

The exhibition will be closed on the following days 24-27/12 & 31/12-03/01.

curated by: Tatiana Spinari-Pollali

Citronne Gallery, at 16 Fokionos Negri, presents the exhibition ‘Tassos Mantzavinos – Mnesipemona’. The title refers to Aeschylus and signifies the painful memory that pain and sore human experience can produce.

In Mantzavinos’ paintings and constructions Memory, personal and collective, dominates. It appears and is analyzed at times as a historical event, at others as a myth, yet at others as a bequeathed tradition. These discrete manifestations of memory are painted as representations of anniversaries, figures of myth, scenes from fairy tales, reconstructions of folk paintings and icons. The subject matter is historical events and folk narratives. Mantzavinos does not differentiate between myth, history or tradition: on the contrary, he combines and transforms events and legends, times and spaces. What attracts him is historical continuity as expressed in Byzantine iconography, popular art, Karagiozis and Kontoglou.

His paintings have warriors in besieged castles, in fortified ships, soldiers, Aeneus with the statue of Artemis on his shoulders, Pegasus, the saint battling the dragon, the sirens. These figures from mythology or Christian tradition reflect good and evil as defined by imagination and the collective unconscious where the fear of death lies. The atmosphere is one of a continuous battle, an eternal war, palpable or metaphysical.

In this exhibition, are along the same lines, the lithographs-comments on the poem ‘The Raven’ by Edgar Allan Poe are presented for the first time.

Exhibition catalogue essays by:

  • Tatiana Spinari-Pollali: Introduction to ‘Mnesipemona’
  • Giorgos Prevelakis: ‘Tassos Mantzavinos – A political view’
  • Maria Maniadakis: ‘The Raven – Edgar Allan Poe’
  • Dimitris Sotiropoulos: ‘On the dragons of the city: the solitariness of Tassos Mantzavinos’

Parallel events programme:

  • Sunday, 13 December at 1pm

Tatiana Spinari-Pollali, Dr. History of Art
Exhibition tour

  • Thursday, 17 December at 8pm

Giorgos Prevelakis – Professor of Geopolitics at Sorbonne University (Paris 1)
‘Iconographic composition – a geopolitical approach’

  •  Sunday, 10 January at 1pm

Margarita Pournara – Journalist, Kathimerini newspaper
‘Conversation with the painter Tassos Mantzavinos’

  • Wednesday, 13 January at 8pm

Nikos Bakounakis – Professor at Panteion University, Journalist
‘The book and its material substance’

Opening: Tuesday, December 8th 2015, at 8pm