M HKA gaat digitaal

Met M HKA Ensembles zetten we onze eerste échte stappen in het digitale landschap. Ons doel is met behulp van nieuwe media de kunstwerken nog beter te kaderen dan we tot nu toe hebben kunnen doen.

We geven momenteel prioriteit aan smartphones en tablets, m.a.w. de in-museum-ervaring. Maar we zijn evenzeer hard aan het werk aan een veelzijdige desktop-versie. Tot het zover is vind je hier deze tussenversie.

M HKA goes digital

Embracing the possibilities of new media, M HKA is making a particular effort to share its knowledge and give art the framework it deserves.

We are currently focusing on the experience in the museum with this application for smartphones and tablets. In the future this will also lead to a versatile desktop version, which is now still in its construction phase.

Costas Varotsos

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° 1955

Born in Athens (GR).

Costas Varotsos

Studied painting at Rome’s Academia di Belle Arti (1973-1976) and architecture at the Arte Scuola di Architettura in Pescara where he attended lessons by Giorgio Grassi. Even from his first works in Italy - mainly performances and sculptural interventions - Varotsos starts to express an interest in space. In 1982 he abandons his degree in architecture and returns to Greece where he realises his first solo exhibition at the Desmos gallery, entitled Spacial Intervention in Nature: Deterioration. From then on, he focuses exclusively on sculpture. He uses transparent materials, such as glass, plexiglass, water, but also steel or stone in order to create works with a social and symbolic character. He is especially interested in the communicational and emotional impact of the work on the viewer.

Gradually his interest turns towards works and syntheses for public spaces via which he attempts to explore the human relationship between the natural and man-made environment.Within this framework, in 1988 he creates The Runner for Omonia Square. In 1989 he becomes a founding member of the artists’ group Realismi. In 1991 professor and art theoretician Achille Bonito Oliva organizes the artistic group Transavanguardia Freda, in which Varotsos also participates. In the same year he is awarded with a Fullbright Scholarship and moves to New York for a year.

His works have been shown internationally in solo and group exhibitions (Sao Paulo Biennale, 1987, Costas Varotsos, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, 1990, Venice Biennale 1995, 1999, Beijing Biennale, 2003, ARCO, Madrid, 2004, Costas Varotsos: “Future Through the Past”, Benaki Museum, Athens, 2007 et al.). 

 

Works

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>Costas Varotsos, Kateri I Radës, 2014.Sculpture, metal boat propeller, glass, 100 x 150 x 150 cm.

Exhibitions & Ensembles

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> Exhibition: Costas Varotsos – Horizons. 25 April 1998 - 21 June 1998.

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> Exhibition: Urgent Conversations: Antwerp – Athens, Part IV: Dealing with Catastrophe, The Flow of the World. 18 November 2017 - 07 January 2018.

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> Exhibition: Urgent Conversations Athens - Antwerp. 31 October 2016 - 05 February 2017.

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> Ensemble: Dealing with Catastrophe.

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> Ensemble: M HKA_DEFAULT_PUBLICATIONS.