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The second Athens Biennale unravels the idea of "Heaven"

17 June 2009 / 18:06:40  GRReporter
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The exhibition was build around Dante’s eight circles, through which it must be passed, in order to enter heaven: the purgatory. According to Dante’s “Divine Comedy,” souls pass by a mountain and go through a series of hardships, which are the circles.

The idea of the curator is far different than Dante’s epic poem but she uses the structure as an instrument to organize the works in something, which can be imagined as the horizontal incarnation of the purgatory—in other words, a cone, which ends in a small hole, which could be the door to heaven.

4.     Splendid isolation, Athens (curator Cay Sophie Rabinowitz)

For many artists, who show their paintings at the Biannale, there is something – material or spiritual, lived or imagined, religious or scientific, which provides them with the means to think through, form, or even restructure this place – heaven and Athens, which depicts their inspiration.

5.    Hotel Paradies (curator Nadia Argiropoulou)

In time and space, which are standing between the only sure thing – death, and the possibility for life after death, exists great tension, which has a firing spark called: desire. According to this prism, heaven could be understood as a “Loose desire.”

6.    How many angels can dance on the head of a pin? (curator Christoforos Marinos)

This exhibition depicts heaven as more of a probability or a promise, which is outside of our everyday lives, than connected with the rest and the salvation of the soul after death. The exhibition is divided in three parts and shows works, which all together pass the idea of “cultivated” heaven, which is built around human understanding and limits.

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