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MIKE KELLEY | FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE

The exhibition will remain closed

16/11/2017 - 25/02/2018

Mike Kelley | Fortress of Solitude | Museum of Cycladic Art | © Panos Kokkinias | Courtesy NEON
Mike Kelley | Fortress of Solitude | Museum of Cycladic Art | © Panos Kokkinias | Courtesy NEON
Mike Kelley | Fortress of Solitude | Museum of Cycladic Art | © Panos Kokkinias | Courtesy NEON
Mike Kelley | Fortress of Solitude | Museum of Cycladic Art | © Panos Kokkinias | Courtesy NEON
Mike Kelley | Fortress of Solitude | Museum of Cycladic Art | © Panos Kokkinias | Courtesy NEON

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MIKE KELLEY | FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE

16/11/2017 - 25/02/2018

Museum of Cycladic Art, Stathatos Mansion

 

OPENING HOURS

Mon. – Wed. – Fri. – Sat. | 10.00 – 17.00

Thursday | 10.00 – 20.00

Sunday | 11.00 – 17.00

Tuesday | Closed

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The Museum is closed:

17 November

25 & 26 December

1  January

Clean Monday (19 February)


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 Exhibition's Leaflet

The exhibition Mike Kelly: Fortress of Solitude will remain closed due to building restoration.
We apologize for the inconvenience.

Μuseum of Cycladic Art, Technical Support Department

Curated by Douglas Fogle

NEON presents the first monographic exhibition of Mike Kelley in Athens.

Superman had a problem. He couldn’t go home. Although he was endowed with paranormal abilities such as super strength, the power of flight, and invulnerability to any natural or man-made force, he was nonetheless defenseless against the illness of homesickness. Finding himself exiled on Earth, he was an extraterrestrial who couldn’t phone home because his planet Krypton had been blown to bits by an apocalyptic cataclysm. In fact fragments of his old home, known as Kryptonite, would reduce him to a level of childlike helplessness. In Superman’s world, home was a killer. The Los Angeles-based artist Mike Kelley (b. 1954, d. 2012) spent his career trying to get home. Like Superman, however, he came to realize that it was an impossible quest.

Looking at the play between memory and forgetfulness the exhibition Mike Kelley: Fortress of Solitude brings together a range of key works from across the artist’s career in order to reflect on the uncanny condition of psychological homelessness in the contemporary world. Whether using found stuffed animals as emotional effigies of long lost memories of childhood or evoking the psychic homelessness of Superman in the form of Kelley’s reconstructive exploration of the superhero’s shrunken and inaccessible home city of Kandor that he kept in his Fortress of Solitude, we are reminded that no matter how hard we try, we can’t go home.

Mike Kelley | Fortress of Solitude | Museum of Cycladic Art | © Panos Kokkinias | Courtesy NEON

Mike Kelley, Untitled, 1990, Courtesy D.Daskalopoulos Collection © Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts. All Rights Reserved/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Mike Kelley, Ah...Youth!, 1990, Ringier Collection, Switzerland © Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts. All Rights Reserved/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Mike Kelley, Kissing Kidneys, 1989, Ringier Collection, Switzerland © Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts. All Rights Reserved/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY | Photography Gerhard Born

Museum of Cycladic Art

Stathatos Mansion

Vasilissis Sofias ave. & 1, Irodotou st.

Athens

Greece


Vasilissis Sofias ave. & 1, Irodotou st.

Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens, Greece

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