CULTURE

Triple treat in Salonica

January 25 will be a busy day at the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki as three major exhibitions open at the same time – literally, at 8 p.m. Self-dubbed modern artist Marc Charpentier, a Frenchman living in Greece, will present «Pacman Kiss and the Snoop’s Flying Saucer» until March 4. The exhibition brings together paintings, models made of recycled cardboard, MDF constructions, digital photographs, designs and a lot more where the artist has transformed flat surfaces into multidimensional canvases. «Somewhat Different: Contemporary Design and the Power of Convention,» running until March 8, is a compilation of 148 design objects by designers from Germany, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland and Spain. The spotlight is on 47 German designers whose work is based on themes of modern-day sociopolitical issues, juxtaposed with works by other Europeans. The object of the exhibition is to showcase the different roles of a designer, including those of an artist, a manufacturer and a marketer. Five Greek designers are the subject of the third exhibition at the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, titled «Schemata: Unveil the Obvious.» Presenting mostly items of industrial design, the artists are Andreas Varotsos, Yiannis Georgaras, Sotiris Lazos, Alkaios Hazarakis and Christina Skouloudi, all of whom have shown their work for the past four consecutive years at the international furniture expo IMM Cologne in Germany. Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, 154 Egnatia, (inside the Helexpo Center), Thessaloniki, tel 2310.240.002.