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Cause of Death : euthanasia

A very interesting exhibition is presented at the Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece, Cause of Death : Euthanasia: works from the Prinzhorn Collection. The exhibition presents works from the Prinzhorn Collection of the Psychiatric Clinic of the University of  Heidelberg. The visitors will be able to see 96 works made by 18 artists that were mental patients. These patients and many more were victims of the euthanasia programme of the Nazis during 1939-1944.The patients mainly suffering from schizophrenia or severe depression were expressing their frustrations and feelings by drawing and painting. One could easily diagnose that something is different just by observing the works of art, which some of them could be characterized as brilliant. The exhibition will be held until March 13, 2011 and is organized by the Hellenic Psychiatric Association along  with the Benaki Museum and the Goethe Institute.

 

Hans Prinzhorn (1886-1933) was a doctor and an art historian. After World War I, Prinzhorn took  paintings  from several psychiatric institutions and he managed to create the Heidelberg collection.  The most positive outcome of his effort was that the so far marginalized “mad” patients were  progressively socially accepted. The “mad” art was at the center of attention as well as the people  evolved  who  were treated not just like  insane patients but human beings. Art  and psychiatry were  combined and became a strong unity against politics of that period who were the true insane .

 

 

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Michelangelo :the drawings of a genius

At the same gallery in Vienna, another significant exhibition is presented with the drawings of Michelangelo. The exhibition, Michelangelo : the drawings of  a genius, will be held until January 9,  2011. The works that the visitors will see are mainly studies of the human body. For more information about this exhibition and the Picasso exhibition check again at albertina

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Picasso :peace and freedom

Starting from Semptember 22nd, The Albertina Gallery in Vienna presents an interesting exhibition on Picasso, called Picasso :peace and freedom. The visitors will have the chance to see drawings and paintings of the great painter. The exhibition will be held until 16 January 2011.

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Edvard Munch

yesterday I visited the Herakleidon Museum, at Thissio, Athens, Greece. I      saw an exhibition of Edvard Munch’s works, there were about 80 works              from the collection of the Tel Aviv Museum. Munch was a Norwegian artist      and a pioneer of the Expressionist movement. He was born in the village of      Adalsbruk and  grew up in Oslo and from his early years of life he faced              death and sadness. His mother died from  tuberculosis at the age of 30 and       then his favourite sister Sophie dies too when Munch was 15. This tragedy       is obvious at his works like The sick Child and influenced him for the rest of    his life. Munch travelled and worked much at Berlin and Paris. He believed       that the paintings should reflect living and breathing people (although I ‘m not quite sure of that with all of this depression and death on his works) and not be and  just pretty faces with extreme details. He was more interested in feelings , in expressing his own feelings through his paintings. He also had an obsession with women and their hair. He liked painting women with long long hair often holding men with their hair. The thing I liked about the exhibition was that they did not rely on his most famous and known painting , The Scream. Actually the title of the exhibition is “Edvard Munch: Beyond the Scream”

Hearkleidon Museum

Edvard Munch Museum

 

you can also check out the film about Edvard Munch,a biographical film about the Norwegian painter,  written and diected by Peter Watkins.I personally haven’t seen it yet but if any one of you has send    your impressions.

 

 

 

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Abstract Expressionist New York

 

Another interesting exhibition is presented at the MoMa in New  York.  Abstract Expressionism. A powerful post world war II  art movement  emerged in the 40s and  50s in New York. A different style than the already  existed,  given by earlier  artists such as Picasso,  that offered a new  expression in painting and in arts.  The visitor will have the chance to  see  works of Jackson Pollock,  Mark  Rothko, Franz Kline and others.  The  exhibition wil be held until April 11th, 2011. For  more information                                                   you can  check :  MoMa

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Henri Cartier – Bresson, the modern century

An amazing exhibition on Henri Cartier-Bresson’s works is held at the San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art from October 30, 2010.  (san francisco MOMA ). Bresson is concidered to be the master of modern  photojournalism. He used 35 mm format and developed the street photography. No doubt, he is a great inspiration and influence for future photographers. The exhibition will be held until January 30, 2011. Don’t miss it!

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Acropolis Museum

The Acropolis Museum won its first award in   the contest the Journalists  Association of      Tourism Journalists Britain conducted.  According to the  Association, the Acropolis  Museum is the best museum of the world. The  Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism , Giorgos Nikitiadis, received the award. Mr. Nikitiadis stated that this award opens the way for the Parthenon marbles to be returned to Greece. For more information on the Acropolis Mueum you can visit its web site

The Acropolis Museum