How well-versed (if at all) do you believe you are in the life and work of Iannis Xenakis? A hundred years plus one after his birth, there are still many facets of this polymath theorist's radical work to be explored. As part of its showcase series of works by prominent artists of the Greek diaspora, the Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) unfolds Xenakis’ myth with the largest ever feature on his work in the form of two exhibitions: Iannis Xenakis: Sonic Odysseys and Xenakis and Greece.
In collaboration with the Musée de la Musique-Philharmonie de Paris, EMST presents Iannis Xenakis: Sonic Odysseys. Organised into six parts including photographs, architectural designs, graphic scores, models, and unpublished audio recordings all stemming from Xenakis' endless creativity, the exhibition sets the scene around the artists’ era and the political and cultural events that shaped him.
The Athens Conservatory and the Centre for Contemporary Music Research, founded by Xenakis himself, join forces in Xenakis and Greece. The exhibition dives into the composer's complicated relationship with Greece and highlights the birth of avant-garde innovation in Greece throughout the 1960s and 1970s.
In addition, EMST will put on a series of events such as screenings and concerts, to emphasise Xenakis' legacy on contemporary music so make sure to keep an eye on their Facebook page.