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ADRIAN VILLAR ROJAS | THE THEATER OF DISAPPEARANCE

Opening | June 1st, 5pm

01/06/2017 - 24/09/2017

National Observatory of Athens | © Panos Kokkinias | Courtesy NEON
ADRIAN VILLAR ROJAS, Mi familia muerta, Installation view at Ushuaia´s End of The World Biennale 2nd Edition, Argentina, 2009, Courtesy of the Artist, Marian Goodman Gallery and Ruth Benzacar Art Gallery, Photo by Carla Barbero
National Observatory of Athens | © Panos Kokkinias | Courtesy NEON
ADRIAN VILLAR ROJAS, The Most Beautiful of All Mothers, Installation view at the Istanbul Biennial, 2015, Courtesy of the Artist, Marian Goodman Gallery
National Observatory of Athens | © Natalia Tsoukala | Courtesy NEON

DETAILS

ADRIAN VILLAR ROJAS | THE THEATER OF DISAPPEARANCE

01/06/2017 - 24/09/2017

National Observatory of Athens, Hill of the Nymphs

Free Entrance

OPENING

Thursday, June 1st, 5pm – 10pm

Speeches 7pm

followed by drinks

OPENING HOURS

Wed – Sun | 11.00 – 21.00

DRESS CODE

Those wishing to explore the full site-specific installation

are advised to wear flat shoes, preferably trainers.

ACCESS

Access is only on foot.

Nearest Metro: Thission, Monastiraki, Acropolis


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 Invitation

 Adrián Villar Rojas Bio

The Theater of Disappearance is a major site-specific installation by celebrated Argentinian artist Adrián Villar Rojas, commissioned and organized by NEON. Villar Rojas is well known for large-scale sculptural installations that radically disturb the sites he engages with. Through his work, he interrupts the status quo of artistic practice and behaviour within a museum, a site of cultural heritage, a rooftop or public space. He creates unpredictable settings for the visitor to explore, places where we feel uncomfortable or are astounded by the alternative histories he suggests. Concerned with ideas of disappearance, extinction, the passage and volatility of time, Villar Rojas creates a new, and often disconcerting, visual language. This commission sees him negotiating with an archaeological site for the first time as he radically alters both the indoor and outdoor space of the National Observatory. The whole site undergoes a transformation – architectural, horticultural and emotional.

The installation titled The Theater of Disappearance is an umbrella title and part of four separate exhibitions taking place in 2017 across Europe and the US through new independent commissions by all institutions involved. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (April 14-October 29), Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (May 13-Aug. 27), NEON, Athens, (June 1-Sept. 24, 2017) and the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles (Oct. 22-Feb. 26, 2018).

Curator | Elina Kountouri, Director ΝΕΟΝ

About the National Observatory Athens (NOA)

The National Observatory of Athens is the first research Institution established in Greece in 1842. The National Observatory of Athens facing the Parthenon and Thission is one of the landmarks of Athens; it has long been used by Greek and foreign Astronomers as the basis for astronomical, meteorological, cartographical and geodynamical measurements and observations in the more than 170 years long course of its history. Today the buildings of NOA at Thission include an Astrogeophysics Museum, housing clocks, telescopes and other instruments of the 19th century, as well as an extensive 19th century library.

The Most Beautiful of All Mothers, 2015, 14th Istanbul Biennial, Turkey, Courtesy the artist, Marian Goodman Gallery, Photo: Jörg Baumann

Installation View | A THOUSAND DOORS | Gennadius Library | Photo Natalia Tsoukala | NEON & Whitechapel Gallery

Installation View | A THOUSAND DOORS | Gennadius Library | Photo Natalia Tsoukala | NEON & Whitechapel Gallery

The Most Beautiful of All Mothers, 2015, 14th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey, Courtesy the artist, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York / Paris / London and kurimanzutto, Mexico City
Photo: Jörg Baumann

National Observatory of Athens

Hill of the Nymphs

118 10, Athens


National Observatory of Athens, Hill of the Nymphs

Λόφος Νυμφών, 118 10

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