Important aspects of modern and contemporary art, which is inextricably linked to the concept of place as an aesthetic field, is the theme of the exhibition “Genii Loci. Greek Art from 1930 to today” at the Menage State Museum of St. Petersburg.
The exhibition is part of the “Greece-Russia Year 2016“, celebrating the friendship and cultural bonds between the two countries. It will be held from November 30 until January 9 includes 147 works of 100 Greek artists from collections of Greece’s National Gallery-Alexandros Soutzos Museum, the National Museum of Contemporary Art, the State Museum of Contemporary Art as well as important private collections.
The exhibition attempts to highlight the experiential and spiritual relationship of artists to the place and the way in which, through artistic expression, the place is loaded with a multitude of meanings and symbols that highlight its individuality and determine the spirit, character and soul.
The conceptual structure of the exhibition modules is based on the understanding of the phenomena, through association, commenting and comparing yesterday and today. The exhibition is divided into three major conceptual sections. The first deals with the concept of identity and the Greek artists’ search for identity in the 1930s. The second relates to the sense of questioning and the aesthetics of the political upheavals of the 1960s and 1970s. The third deals with the transformations in contemporary Greek art in relation to tradition and memory, exploring existential fields and sociopolitical developments from the 1980s until today.
The presentation of the exhibits is based on chronological, thematic and morphological criteria and covers a wide range of artistic media: painting and sculpture, printmaking, drawing and photography to video art and installations. The exhibition is organized by the Ministry of Culture and Sports in collaboration with the National Gallery-Alexandros Soutzos Museum, the National Museum of Contemporary Art and the State Museum of Contemporary Art.