Fund raiser to aid new opera digs

An exhibition featuring the work of 16 well-known Greek artists has been organized to raise funds for the erection of a new building for the National Opera. The initiative belongs to soprano Vasso Papantoniou who has founded an institution toward this end. The exhibition is curated by Manos Stefanidis and is being held at the disused Sarantopouloi flour mill factory in the area of Rendi off Pireos Street, an open industrial space (a total of 700 square meters) which was refurbished and converted into an exhibition space a few years ago. All of the participating artists have volunteered their works in the hope that the sum gleaned from their sale will help the National Opera to obtain new premises. The most highly priced piece – at 50 million drachmas – is Kounellis’s installation, a work that originated in his famous «Labyrinth» series. Costas Tsoklis is showing an installation (a combination of video, photography and painting) very much akin to the work he exhibited recently at his large one-man show in Istanbul. Other participating artists are: Takis, Pavlos, Vlassis Kaniaris, Nausika Pastra, Giorgos Lazongas, Valerio Adami, Giorgos Gyparakis, Nikos Kanarelis, Christos Caras, Rashid Himoun, Manolis Baboussis, Giorgos Xenos, Yiannis Fokas and Pantelis Handris. The exhibition will run through January 10 at the Sarantopouloi mill factory (Chrys. Smyrnis & Kentavrou, Rendi).