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MIKE KELLEY | FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE

Closing Weekend | 24 & 25 Feb. | Free Entrance

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
Opening | Mike Kelley | Fortress of Solitude | Museum of Cycladic Art | © Natalia Tsoukala | Courtesy NEON
Opening | Mike Kelley | Fortress of Solitude | Museum of Cycladic Art | © Natalia Tsoukala | Courtesy NEON
Opening | Mike Kelley | Fortress of Solitude | Museum of Cycladic Art | © Natalia Tsoukala | Courtesy NEON
Opening | Mike Kelley | Fortress of Solitude | Museum of Cycladic Art | © Natalia Tsoukala | Courtesy NEON
Opening | Mike Kelley | Fortress of Solitude | Museum of Cycladic Art | © Natalia Tsoukala | Courtesy NEON

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MIKE KELLEY | FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE

16/11/2017 - 25/02/2018

Museum of Cycladic Art, Stathatos Mansion

Every Wednesday | Free Entrance

Closing Weekend | 24 & 25 Feb. | Free Entrance

OPENING HOURS

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

Thursday | 10.00 – 20.00

Sunday | 11.00 – 17.00

Tuesday | Closed

HOLIDAYS

The Museum is closed:

17 November

25 & 26 December

1  January

4 February

Clean Monday (19 February)


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 Exhibition's Leaflet

Free entrance on the closing weekend, 24 & 25 February, of NEON’s exhibition Mike Kelley | Fortress of Solitude, at the Museum of Cycladic Art.

Curated by Douglas Fogle

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

Superman had a problem. He couldn’t go home.  Although 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 homesickness. He found himself exiled on Earth, an extraterrestrial unable to 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 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 a reconstructive exploration of the superhero’s shrunken and inaccessible home city of Kandor that he kept in his Fortress of Solitude, Kelley reminds us that no matter how hard we try, we can’t go home.

Opening | Mike Kelley | Fortress of Solitude | Museum of Cycladic Art | © Natalia Tsoukala | Courtesy NEON

Opening | Mike Kelley | Fortress of Solitude | Museum of Cycladic Art | © Natalia Tsoukala | Courtesy NEON

Opening | Mike Kelley | Fortress of Solitude | Museum of Cycladic Art | © Natalia Tsoukala | Courtesy NEON

Opening | Mike Kelley | Fortress of Solitude | Museum of Cycladic Art | © Natalia Tsoukala | Courtesy NEON

Opening | Mike Kelley | Fortress of Solitude | Museum of Cycladic Art | © Natalia Tsoukala | Courtesy NEON

Opening | Mike Kelley | Fortress of Solitude | Museum of Cycladic Art | © Natalia Tsoukala | Courtesy NEON

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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