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

Spiritual Form

(c)image: National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST), Athens
White Cube with Blue and Red Neon, 1982
Installation , 93.98 x 91.40 x 91.40 cm

Antonakos starts to use neon from the beginning of the 1960s – a material which thereafter takes on a protagonistic role in his oeuvre. The work White Cube with Blue and Red Neon (1982) is one of the first to signal a change in the way the artist uses this particular material, seeing as for the first time, the neon tubes are placed in such a way that they are not visible. The ambient light, like a halo or an aura around the silhouette of the object, imparts a spiritual quality to the work.  

The way the work is placed in the space, plus the relationship between the work and the viewer is of primary importance, as is the case for most of Antonakos’ work.


Eleni Ganiti, EMST