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PROSAIC ORIGINS OPENS AT THE BRITISH SCHOOL AT ATHENS

By THIS IS ATHENS TEAM at 12.Sep



A rare chance, starting from Thursday 13 September, to delve into one of Athens’ more intriguing private archaeological institutes - when NEON debuts its new exhibition Prosaic Origins at the British School at Athens (BSA).  
 
Established in 1886, the BSA offers a base in Greece for people to study all aspects of Hellenic culture, ancient, medieval and modern.
 
The works of sculptor Andreas Lolis will dot the school’s secret gardens with ‘abandoned objects’ that look like they’ve always been there, yet disrupt the natural harmony of the space. 
 
At first glance, Lolis’ statues appear as nothing more than discarded cardboard boxes, ladders and planks of wood that one might see abandoned in any run-down corner of Athens. But touch them, and you’ll encounter the shock of cold, unyielding marble.
 
A commentary on modern consumerism, Lolis’ exhibition is part of the City Project, an initiative to activate spaces in downtown Athens through art, organised by NEON. Founded in 2013, NEON is a non-profit enterprise that strives to make contemporary art and culture more accessible to all.
 
Prosaic Origins not only makes an interesting escape from the city streets to a seldom-accessible venue, it’s also a thought-provoking statement on what happens when modern art and classicism collide. The exhibition runs until 14 November.
 
Where: British School at Athens, 52 Souidias Street, Kolonaki, 106 76 (map)
When: 13-30 September: Wednesday-Sunday:12:00-20:00. 3 October-14 November: Wednesday-Sunday: 10:00-18:00
Info: Free

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