Frissiras Museum presents awards

How do you locate fresh talent in the world of painting? What are young artists using as their subject matter? How do they actually live? What are they worried about? How much are they influenced by previous generations? A visit to a new exhibition recently inaugurated at the Frissiras Museum in Athens will provide some of the answers to the above questions. The new exhibition showcases the work of 18 Greek and European artists under the age of 40, all nominees in the museum’s second annual Contemporary European Painting Award. Established two years ago, the competition aims to promote rising artists, focusing on anthropocentric painting. This year’s 20,000-euro award was shared between 31-year-old Frederique Loutz and 33-year-old Ulrich Lamsfuss. The other participating artists were Pablo Alonso, Kati Barath, Norbert Bisky, Frederic Leglise, Federico Lombardo, Dieter Mammel, Axel Pahlavi, Stephane Pencreach, Leopold Rabus, Bernardi Roig, Myrtia Sophia Wefelmeier, Giuliano Kaglis, Zacharias Papantoniou, Costas Plessas, Mandalina Psoma and Constantinos Vavilousakis. The international jury comprised a six-member committee, namely Italian artist Valerio Adami, Dutch artist and Paris Beaux Arts Professor Pat Andrea, Athens School of Fine Arts Rector Haris Botsoglou, Sorbonne Art History Professor Philippe Dagen, art historian Jurgen Schilling and the museum’s founder, Vlassis Frissiras. Each member of the jury nominated three artists, before reaching a unanimous decision on the two winners. At the Frissiras Museum the up-and-coming-artist exhibition runs to January 29 and is accompanied by a bilingual catalog featuring biographies and other works. Following Athens, the show is scheduled to travel to Paris and Italy. The third part of «The Estranged Human Figure» exhibition was also inaugurated at the Frissiras Museum last week, showcasing an array of works, all part of the museum’s permanent collection. This third installment includes works by Valerio Adami, Antonio Segui, Peter Howson, Jean Rustin, Andrea Martinelli and Nikos Kessanlis, among others. Frissiras Museum, 3 & 7 Monis Asteriou, Plaka, tel 210.323.4678.