CULTURE

Two artists span the continent

With a favorable wind, the little boat of Alekos Fassianos is sailing. The artist’s exhibition, «Labor-Myth-Eros,» which has a successful vernissage both from the artistic viewpoint and in terms of the people who gathered, continues at the Benaki Museum until June 27. The catalog illustrating his works is a collector’s item. His collaborator Elli Solomonidou-Balanou recorded her impressions of the opening. «A packed room with Fassianos’s work hung around the walls: bicycles, people, antiquities, flowers and bees in indigo, black, red, orange, brown and gold. Exclamations and admiring comments on all sides, as always at the exhibitions of this playful, multitalented artist. But what dominated the exhibition hall at the Benaki Museum were Fassianos’s birds, hanging from the ceiling – bronze birds that flickered and glistened under the spotlights, and were a delight of poetry and fantasy to see,» concluded Solomonidou-Balanou, who painted her own black-and-white version of the works. The two artists are involved in the «Greece in Britain» series of events being organized by the Greek Embassy in London and the Hellenic Foundation for Culture. Fassianos’s «Works on Paper» are appearing at St David’s Hall Galleries in the Welsh capital Cardiff together with Solomonidou-Balanou’s «Sketches of Athens,» which were first shown at the Vourou-Eutaxia Museum in Athens. Both exhibitions are being held to celebrate the great event of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.