CULTURE

Xenakis’s structures and codes

Constantin Xenakis is one of those artists whose work is packed with contradictions: trends and ideas of his time reflected in personal outlook, discipline and anarchy, images and symbols, paintings and installations, and action and pauses. An exhibition of his work at the Herakleidon – Experience in Visual Arts gallery in Thiseion offers but one reading of his multifaceted and multilayered work. The show runs to April 7. Cairo-born Xenakis (born 1931) has lived between Paris, Berlin and Athens since the 1950s and has traveled extensively in many parts of the world. Extremely productive, with a slew of exhibitions on his resume, he is an artist bursting with ideas and creative energy and with a tireless enthusiasm for all things related to art and philosophical questioning. First and foremost, though, Xenakis is a warm, charming man who has lived among other great artists, especially in the 1960s and 70s, and reaped all the benefits of the synergy that existed in the art world at the time. The work he is presenting in the Athens show until April focuses on structures and codes. The exhibition comprises some 60 pieces covering various periods of the artist’s output. Paintings, objects and some of his mobiles from the 1960s are a concise introduction to the artist’s personal idiom. This exhibition represents the first time the Thiseion gallery is showing work that does not belong to the private collections of its founder, Pavlos Fyros. Herakleidon, 16 Irakleidon, Thiseion, tel 210.346.1981.