Imagine moving to New York city in the late 50s and walking around Times Square. The square’s futuristic neon signs and loud billboards inspire you and spark off your innate, immense talent that shoots you to the top of the world’s avant-garde stage. That’s how the story went for Chryssa, our famous Greek-born American sculptor.
Chryssa’s work, a mixed homage to her New York years, pop culture, and mass communication, has been exhibited in some of the world’s most eminent museums like MoMA, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim. She has also participated in high profile institutional exhibitions in Europe such as Documenta and the Venice Biennale.
Everyday, Athenians can freely admire her "Mott Street" at Evangelismos Metro Station, but a deeper dive into her work has long been overdue. The MOMus-Museum Alex Mylona, housed in a 1920s’ building just next to the Archaeological Park of Athens at Thissio, presents the exhibition Light Negative Positive - The Greekness of Chryssa. A series of designs related to some of her more emblematic works are on display and a bilingual (Greek-English) catalogue sheds light on her artwork which is rich in symbols and deeply poetic. Visit the exhibition, linger to admire the wonderful building and make an evening out of it in Psirri.