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Art Thessaloniki – Mediator of international art and different cultures

For the fourth time in November, the creators of the Greek art fair Art Thessaloniki seize the opportunity to demonstrate the unifying power of art. Especially in times of large migration movements – and Greece is one of the front states particularly affected – cultural exchange is of greatest importance. Contemporary art from the US, Eastern Europe, Italy, Turkey, the Middle East, and of course Greece, will be presented in a tense context. In total, galleries from 11 countries will participated. It is the consistent opening to the neighbor Turkey, which leads from this year on to a cooperation with Art Ankara. The program of the fair, which has developed into an important cultural platform under the artistic director Pantelis Tsatsis, is complemented by classical modernity (Unexpected Dialogue – Picasso & Jankulovsky), exhibition participation (Osten Museum, Skopje), joint project events (Photography Center of Thessaloniki, Arte Des-generado collective) an Avantgarde music&dance performances. Like the years before, Winter Foundation supports the cultural commitment.

It is one of the traditions of Art Thessaloniki to honor every year an artist for his lifetime achievement. This is combined with a special exhibition. The recipient of this year’s Art Thessaloni Prize will be Billy Zane, honoured for his cross-border oeuvre. Zane was born in Chicago as the son of Greek immigrants. Already his interest in painting and theater was awakened in his early years. He is also known for his participation as an actor in films such as “Back to the Future” (1985) and “Titanic” (1997). He is active as a painter, actor and director.

21. – 24.11.2019 I Location: Thessaloniki, Greece, International Exhibition & Congress Centre

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Michael Jansen: OptiMystic Vitamins

Art can heal

The visual artist and composer Michael (Mike) Jansen has been working for a couple of years on work cycle simular to psychedelic images. These images are created in complex analogue and digital processes on canvas, paper and hard materials. Jansen, who has been dealing with medical questions practically and philosophically for decades, manages to fascinate the viewers with his creations and to introduce them in a hedonistic way into an effective healing process. The 1951 born artist, with visiting professorships at the University of the Arts in Bremen and the Center European d'Art Contemporain, Vallauris, Nice, became first known through his cooperation with Joseph Beuys (Art Museum Vaduz Lichtenstein) and John Cage.

Projects, exhibitions and acquisitions: i.a.. 'Feuerkonzert' elementary concerts Graz; 'Orientexpress', National Museum of People and Economics Düsseldorf, National Museum Samuel Brukenthal Sibiu (RO); Artist Association Malkasten Düsseldorf; 'Missiles'; 'My europe' Berlin; 'No Man's Land' Dusseldorf Weimar Barcelona Kampala; ExtraHart artist fair Art Cologne; 'California Dreaming', Kunstraum Schlossstrasse Mühlheim a.D.R., Galerie d 'Hamé; 'MetroMusic' Miami (FL) Moscow; 'Gulf Projects Dusseldorf, Athens, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Mumbai; Hangar Foundation Langen; 'Opera Death' Atatak Dusseldorf; Teahouse Music; 'Colourfields' London Satellite Frieze; Earth Music State Museum Düsseldorf, Lehmbruck Museum Duisburg; OptiMystic Vitamins.

The exhibitions are supported by Winter Foundation in:
Artforum Athens, Summer 2018, and
Artforum Artspace Thessaloniki, November 2018.

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NIKOS ENGONOPOULOS

Important Contribution to Surrealism

Paintings, watercolours and drawings

Works by the great surrealist Nikos Engonopoulos will be shown for the first time in Germany. The exhibition is made possible in cooperation with the Artforum Culture Foundation,  works are from the collection of the Winter Foundation Hamburg, the Artforum Collection and private lenders.

Engonopoulos, born in 1907 in Athens, was a modern Greek painter and poet. He belongs to the so-called 'generation of the thirties'  (including Giannis Tsarouchis, Giannis Moralis and Giorgio de Chirico). and he is together with Giorgio de Chirico the most important representative of Surrealism in Greece.

28.11. - 12.12.2017 Artforum Artspace Thessaloniki
and in a new compilation of works
15.1. - 29.01.2018 in TAS, Winter Foundation Hamburg
Visit by appointment.

ART THESSALONIKI 2017: Mediator of German and European art

In Thessaloniki, capital of Northern Greece, the international art fair will be realised for the second time. 
Last year, works by the conceptual artist and photographer Heinz-Günter Mebusch were shown in cooperation with East-German Art project OSTRALE. In 2017 an icon of the Fluxus-movement: Wolf Vostell will be honoured with a museum show. His art has long been appreciated in Greece since its beginning.
Art Thessaloniki has started not only as a global art market place, but also as a mediator between north-south differences and especially between Europe and the oriental cultures.

Helexpo Thessalonik I Tsatsis Projectsi, exhibition grounds
23.11. – 26.11.2017