The Contemporary Art Museum of Crete at Rethymnon presents the exhibition Paper Moon in which international artists participate.
WHERE: Contemporary Art Museum of Crete (32 Mesologhiou Str.) and Kara Mousha Pasha Mosque (at the junction of Arkadiou & Hugo Str.).
WHEN: 1st June – 15th September
Opening reception: Contemporary Art Museum, 1st June 20.00.
The exhibition at the Kara Moussa Pasha Mosque opens on 1st June 19.00
The title of the exhibition is based on an old Greek song Only a Paper Moon (Χάρτινο το φεγγαράκι) by the composer Manos Hatzidakis (1925-1994) with lyrics by Nikos Gatsos (1911-1992). It was written in 1949 for the play a Street Car Named Desire by Tennessee Williams which was performed at the Art Theatre “Karolos Koun”, starring Melina Mercouri .
The words refer to a world of illusion that for Hatzidakis meant one comprised of disenfranchised classes and fantasies for a better future. Gatsos’ lyrics reflect this concept of fleeting illusion “the sea will bring birds, and golden stars the wind, to touch your hair and kiss your hand, only paper is the moon, false is the seashore, if you believed me a little, all would be real.”
It is a love song that expresses Tennessee Williams’ concern as well as the Greek venture of its own production at the end of the Greek Civil War and in the beginning of an international situation called “the Cold War”.
The song’s lyrics are really timely regarding Greece of nowadays and the psychology of Greek people. Paper artworks -with the paper being a particularly sensitive material that requires special skills- express a contradiction of today as well as illusions against a cruel reality.
The participating artists coming from Greece, the U.S.A. and the Korea are the following: Eozen Agopian, Roya Amigh, Maria Anasazi, Lydia Venieri, Long-bin Chen, Angiola Churchill, Joan Giordano, Giorgos Giotsas, Chistopher Doulgeris, Katerina Zacharopoulou, Ho Han, Ran Hwang, Tina Karageorgi, Maria Karametou, Marigo Kassi, Eirini Linardaki, Despo Magoni, Renee Magnati, Lu Mei, Ellen Mylonas, Bill Pangburn, Vincent Parisot, Gahae Park, Lila Polenaki, Yun Ku Sang, Hoyoon Shin, Insoo Shin, Xin Song, Konstantinos Stamatiou, Mary Ting.
And the Hanji paper group: Jinei Cho, Young Joo Im, Keumsuk Park, Seonae Kim, Booduck Lee, Jaesu Um, Yang Bae Jun.
Α catalogue of the exhibition is available.
The exhibition will run through September 15th, 2018 and, as always, guided tours and educational programmes will be carried out.