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

Urgent Conversations Athens - Antwerp

(c)image: National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST), Athens
Aspects of racism II, 1970
Sculpture , 15 x 125 x 30 cm

In 1970 Caniaris is in Paris. In light of his historic exhibition at the New Gallery of Athens, where he exhibited works with symbolic, political content that denounced the Junta’s regime of non-freedom and violence, he continues to work in the same vein, using plaster as his main material. Gradually, the meaning of his work, now far from Greece and the conditions that created it, starts to transform and develop, remaining however within the framework of Caniaris’ "socially engaged" art. The artist here, always sensitive towards current sociopolitical issues, gets involved with aspects of racism, in order to pass onto the emblematic body of work, entitled Immigrants, a little later on.


Eleni Ganiti, EMST