The Mediterranean Experience | Thessaloniki Biennale (2013)

The exhibition “The Mediterranean experience: The Mediterranean as a spatial paradigm for the circulation of ideas and meaning. An introduction” features more than 140 emblematic contemporary works of art by Greek and foreign artists.

As the artistic director of MMCA, Denys Zacharopoulos notes: In our exhibition we did not intend to follow a Braudelian approach or ponder on the composition of the cultural environment of a region that lies, in every conceivable way, at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa. Our approach is intuitive, rather than analytical. the Mediterranean experience relates to a series of relations and correlations which, before serving as the foundation of concrete practices, constitute events which amount to overturns or series, durations or developments, transitions or distributions, limits or terms that allow one to reflect on and identify a variety of forms. The Mediterranean experience is a collection of impressions and experiences from everyday life, that give the audience the opportunity to realize that for many gestures and practices one does not have to resort to the basic categories of metaphysics… In 1968, Long went from the banks of River Avon in Bristol to Amalfi, Italy, to take part in the Αrte Povera-Azioni Povere international event. His action, his azione povera, was to put on a sweatshirt of his school, Saint Martin’s College, go to the city and offer to shake hands with everyone he met along the way. He was thus transforming this conventional, gentlemen’s agreement gesture into a Mediterranean act of unconditional acknowledgment of the Other.

Exhibition details:

Duration:18/09/2013 – 31/12/2013 | Venue: Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art

Curator: Denys Zacharopoulos, MMCA’s artistic director | Deputy Curators: Alexios Papazacharias, Maro Psyrra