The retrospective of an artist who was greatly appreciated in his lifetime but who has fallen out of favour since. The exhibition is trying to regress this and to show Xenakis' contribution to the regeneration of Greek visual art. His work is multi-faceted and includes painting, sculpture, architecture and urban planning. Combining painting and sculpture with theatre and dance, he created avant-garde performances that he called Polytechna.
The exhibition is divided in two parts: his early work on the first floor, which predominantly consists of figurative work, and the abstract work and photographs of the Polytechna performances on the second.
The second part:
When we moved to the next gallery space on the second floor, we saw this group of children who were totally engrossed in their work. They were so intent, so quiet and well behaved that when we finished looking I went up to them to congratulate them and their teachers on their excellent behaviour. All the children came up, eager to show me their work and I was duly appreciative. It was a pleasure watching them.
The work on this floor included Xenakis' abstract paintings, some sculpture, some prototypes of reliefs he did for various buildings and photographs of the Polytechna happenings.
We found out that one of his commissions was a sculpture or relief, I am not sure which, by the entrance of a pharmaceutical factory which is in our area. We visited the next day and asked if we could go in and see the work. Entry was refused. A pity that such work is not available for public view.
A photograph of one of the Polytechna.
As we were leaving, we saw the children having a well-deserved break in the form of lunch.