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

Aa (c)image: National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST), Athens
Black Curtain, 2010-2011
Sculpture , 197 x 136 x 6.5 cm
straw, paper, twine

From the end of the 1980s the artist creates the characteristic group of works with the “curtains”. He uses paper, a material that is predominant in his work, in order to produce works with repeated lace motifs. The works of this series are the result of a long, arduous, manual procedure, which is of especial importance to the artist. The “Black curtain”, with its fragile and flowing form, exudes a poetic quality and expresses the symbolic dimension of the artist’s work.  Certain elements - such as repetition, dedication to the motif, to the handcrafted and to spirituality - appear often in Alexiou’s work.


Anina Valkana, Eleni Ganiti