The exhibitions Urgent Conversations: Athens–Antwerp and Urgent Conversations: Antwerp – Athens are a collaboration between EMST and M HKA, a theoretical and visual dialogue, based on works from the collections of both museums, which includes more than 70 works structured in 22 topics.   

28.04.2017 - 07.01.2018        

M HKA, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen - Leuvenstraat 32, 2000 Antwerpen

EMST, National Museum of Contemporary Art - Kallirrois Avenue & Amvr. Frantzi Str., Athens 11743

Urban Landscape

(c)image: National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST), Athens
Untitled, 1992-1995
Sculpture , 176 x 148 x 93 cm
aluminium, neon

From 1961-62 the artist utilizes neon tubes for the first time – a material which will characterise all of her later work. Charmed by the lights and lit signboards of New York, she introduces the use of neon into a series of sculptures, the most emblematic of which being The Gates to Times Square (1964-66). She wants to convey the liveliness, constant motion, color, phantasmagorical atmosphere and multilingualism of the megalopolis. Her minimalist, wall-mounted sculptures of large dimensions, constructed mainly with neon, aluminum and steel, embody characteristic elements from her visual language, such as Chinese typography and calligraphy.


Eleni Ganiti, EMST

Stamatis Schizakis, EMST