Athens' contemporary art scene may be in full flower. But there's no denying that when summer knocks on our door, even the most dedicated aesthetes opt for the city's pavement cafés, sunny rooftops or the marvelous Athens Riviera. This June, however, right before most Athenian galleries press pause, a major show lands in town: Stelios Faitakis' The Triumph of Logic. The latest work by the fascinating Greek visual artist is on display at the Allouche-Benias Gallery, housed in a gorgeous neoclassical building in Kolonaki, designed by Ernst Ziller.
In Triump of Logic, Faitakis re-employs his trademark neo-Byzantine modernist style of combining street art with religious symbols to comment on current affairs. Japanese tradition, Mexican Muralism and Mandala, amongst other contemporary iconographic references, are funneled into this new series of ten stunning large-scale works and twelve works on paper which deal with themes of war, belief, truth and reason. Don't miss Faitakis' meta-ironic winking at us through his tribute to Wolfgang Pauli - the Nobel Prize-winning physicist who believed he was cursed.
From his shows at the Kyiv Biennial and Venice Biennale, to his permanent May '68 mural commisioned by Palais de Tokyo and his exhibitions at the Palazzo Cavour and the International Art Exhibition in China, Faitakis is considered to be one of the most promising Greek artists of our times. He's certainly having his well deserved moment in the sun.