The exhibition “Itineraries through light and colour” by Opy Zouni concluded the celebrations for the twentieth anniversary of the Museum of Cycladic Art.
This was a presentation of the artist’s most recent ideas, with reference to earlier work of the last twenty-five years. The New Wing of the MCA became the venue for the presentation of a true “vision of today”. In this project, Zouni attempted to transform the environment of contemporary people as experienced in their work-space and in their imaginations. Her creations presented cityscapes coexisting with nature in dream-like compositions. Constructions with mirrors that converse with and enliven the surrounding space, and installations with parallel mirrors that create multiple reflections.
The emphasis was on recent works as well as on creations that have not been presented in Athens before. Visitors to the exhibition could also watch the video A ramble in form, (duration: 6½ minutes), where the artist analysed her subjects by constructing and deconstructing the composition of her works.
Opy Zouni noted about the concept of the exhibition:
“After the experience from constructions and works in black-and-white, the horizon opened up for the exhaustive study of colour. Geometry never became an obstacle; on the contrary, it was a constant challenge for the parallel development of the material as the gradual result of a gestural script.
I decided for this exhibition to span a period of twenty-five years. This was meant not as a strict chronological limit but rather as an outline for a selection of samples; indeed, in some cases it was not observed. In the end, I gave greater emphasis to recent works.”
The exhibition was accompanied by a monograph by Dr. Yannis Bolis
(Curator at the State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki) where
Zouni’s entire oeuvre from the 1960s to the present day is analysed
chronologically and thematically. The book contains also brief
testimonies by such eminent figures as Rector Eleni Ahrweiler, Charis
Kambouridis (Art Critic-Semanticist), Charis Savvopoulos (Professor of
Art History at the University of Thessaloniki), Dr. Eugenia Alexaki (Art-historian) and a swansong review by the late Pierre Restany, international Art Critic.
Dr Yannis Bolis