The Museum of Cycladic Art presents for the first time in Greece, Stefanos Tsivopoulos’ History Zero.
Tsivopoulos with this work represented Greece in the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013.
The piece comprises of a film structured in three parts (each 11 minutes), accompanied by an archive of 32 texts
and imagery with alternative non-monetary exchange systems.
The theme includes the concept of money, the value of material goods today and the alternative exchange systems.
The film depicts the experiences of three people, with very different conceptions of the value of money; its narrative explores the effect that monetary exchange can have in human relations as well as the political and social implications.
It shows a young immigrant from Africa wandering around in the streets of Athens pushing a supermarket trolley and collecting scrap metal, a foreign artist who visits Athens seeking inspiration for a new artwork in the confusing landscape of the city, and an elderly art collector who suffers from dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease and lives all alone in her museum-like house surrounded by artworks of contemporary art.
The initial unrelated stories of these three heroes connect through small random events.
THE CHRONICLES OF THE EXHIBITION
History Zero _ From Venice to Athens
After the presentation at the 55th Venice Biennale, some individual exhibitions followed: Stella Art Foundation Moscow / Art Basel Miami South Beach / Kunstforingen GL STRAND Copenhagen. Participation in group exhibitions: CAFAM Biennial Peking / EVA International Biennial (Limerick) / Lehmbruck Museum (Duisburg) / Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo (Seville) and screenings in New York, Amsterdam, Helsinki, Brussels, Turin and Tel Aviv.
Stefanos Tsivopoulos (b. 1973, Prague) lives and works in Amsterdam and New York. His work refers mainly to the past, to the collective and individual memory, the genius loci and the types of reasoning that developed in the public domain. The technology of imagery, television aesthetics and historic authenticity of the cinematographic work, are parallel areas of research and interest for the creator. He studied at the School of Fine Arts in Athens, the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam.
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