A disgusting scent is arising to the atmosphere. It is the smell of a dying civilization. I suspect people are tired of being rational. Tired of natural rhythms, tired of natural beauty, which is why they are destroying the planet…. They’re tired of being simple, tired of being people. In an era of unreadiness, in an age of absurdity, there’s not enough time left for us to appreciate the majesty and beauty of life and of a jaw-dropping world which elicits nothing but awe and admiration and which, of all its creatures, only Man is fortunate enough to be aware of. Despite that, Man is moving into a new but different Dark Age, more contemporary, and we all bare our share of the responsibility. - Αngelos
The founders of maca.space, Maridia Kafetzopoulou and Constantine Lemos, aim to communicate the mysteries of the universe, in which Light and Darkness, Destruction and Regeneration exist in permanent juxtaposition. Just as humans lose their sense of orientation in darkness and naturally look for a light to guide them, this message is delivered in the paintings of the renowned Greek artist, Angelos.
The painting’s subtle flourishes are a lyrical message from the artist to the viewer: In this age of stress and ‘political utopia’, self-awareness is the route to eternal purity. His art is given over to the light of optimism, which makes his colours brighter and transforms darkness into an ecstatic night.
"More than ever it is the duty of Art in any form, to re-energize our lost values, so that we can once again reclaim our dignity.” - maca.space
Exclusively for the exhibition, Angelos’s constellation of paintings have been carefully paired with individual compositions by the prominent Greek composer Stamatis Spanoudakis, providing a rich and emotional density to the works. The conjoined forces of the music and art, by two renowned masters, together deliver a fully immersive, cinematic experience.
Angelos Panagiotou was born in 1943 in Farkadona near Trikala in central Greece. In 1962, he was accepted into the School of Fine Arts, in Athens and studied painting under the noted professor G. Mavroidis.
Angelos’ work is defined by idealism and a sense of wonder. His respect for the planet and his love for Earth’s natural beauty, compels him to express a fierce spirituality in his paintings. According to Angelos, if the divine is revealed through nature, it is the moral duty of humankind to be the Earth’s greatest protector. He always comes back to what the great German philosopher Immanuel Kant said during the 18th century—“what impresses me the most is the starry sky above us and the moral world within us.”
Through the juxtaposition of the star-filled cosmos and hyperrealistic depictions of his favourite themes—landscapes, still life, doves, nudes, family—Angelos suggests that there is a direct relationship between all things. Life on Earth, in its most intimate forms, is connected to the vastness of the universe.
Let There Be Light exhibition presents a retrospective of the artist’s career, at The Hellenic Centre in London. Exploring the last twenty years of Angelos’ practice, the exhibition brings together a selection of illuminated subjects, cast against a vast galactic backdrop. This is Angelos’ first solo show in London in over two decades, his first since his painting Girl with a pair of doves sold at Bonhams for over £100,000 in London in April 2017.
Monday - Friday
10am - 8pm
Saturday - Sunday - Bank Holiday
11am - 4pm
The Hellenic Centre
16-18 Paddington Street
London W1U 5AS
With a specially curated soundscape created by the prominent composer
Maridia Kafetzopoulou and Constantine Lemos are the founders of maca.space. Graduating from the prominent Architectural Association School of Architecture in London with honours and distinction, Lemos and Kafetzopoulou have worked with the New Museum in New York, the UNHCR in Lesvos, Zaha Hadid Architects, Anouska Hempel, Falconer Chester Hall and ACME London.
This is their first collaboration as curators. maca.space will be responsible for the execution of the exhibition design, and acting as the reflection of Angelos’s work, aiming to “turn the space into art rather than placing art into space.”
The exhibition will bring together skills learnt in the architectural field and seeks to examine how a space itself can be viewed as an extension of the artwork.
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