Flying over the Abyss – Exhibition Athens Conservatoire
NEON presents the exhibition ‘Flying over the Abyss’ at the new cultural space of the Athens Conservatoire, from 18
November 2016 to 29 January 2017.
The exhibition refers to a major cultural asset of Greece, the thinker Nikos Kazantzakis, bringing his book The Saviors of
God into a dialogue with works by Greek and foreign contemporary artists.
Athens is the third stop for the exhibition in two years, after Rethymnon at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete and
Thessaloniki at the Contemporary Art Centre of the State Museum of Contemporary Art.
The Athens Conservatoire was refurbished and financed by ΝΕΟΝ and was handed over to the Conservatoire with the aim
of enhancing the Athenian scene and host art and culture events.
Curated jointly by art historian Dimitris Paleocrassas and Maria Marangou, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art of
Crete, Flying over the Abyss traces man’s course from life to death, ‘following’ and drawing inspiration from The Saviors
of God of the great thinker Nikos Kazantzakis. Also, with the synergy of NEON and the Nikos Kazantzakis Museum, the
exhibition will be hosting the manuscript of the book, shown for the first time in Athens and for the first time in interaction
with contemporary art.
34 artists will present works in dialogue among themselves as well as with The Saviors of God, shedding light on the
course of human life from the trauma of birth through the struggle for life and creativity and unto death.
For its third presentation in Athens the exhibition is enriched with a new commissioned work by NEON by composers
Giorgos Koumendakis and Stavros Gasparatos that marks the collaboration between NEON and the Alternative Stage of
the Greek National Opera in the context of this show.
Specifically, this is the sound installation Passage through the Abyss. Musical themes by Giorgos Koumendakis and
Stavros Gasparatos communicate with the sound of the building of the Athens Conservatoire as well as the surrounding
areas, underlining and recording the path between the sound of life and the void.
The exhibition includes works by the following artists: Marina Abramović, Alexis Akrithakis, Matthew Barney, Hans Bellmer,
Lynda Benglis, John Bock, Louise Bourgeois, Heidi Bucher, Vlassis Caniaris, Paul Chan, Savvas Christodoulides, Abraham
Cruzvillegas, Stavros Gasparatos, Gilbert & George, Robert Gober, Asta Gröting, Jenny Holzer, Kostas Ioannidis, Mike
Kelley, Martin Kippenberger, Giorgos Koumendakis, Sherrie Levine, Stathis Logothetis, Ana Mendieta, Maro Michalakakos,
Bruce Nauman, Aliki Palaska, Ioanna Pantazopoulou, Doris Salcedo, Kiki Smith, Paul Thek, Costas Tsoclis, Mark Wallinger,
Educational programmes in the context of the exhibition will be run by the Helle nic Children’s Museum on w eekends.
Exhibition ‘Flying over the Abyss’
Duration: 18 November 2016 – 29 January 2017
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 12.00 – 20.00
Mondays & Tuesdays closed
Also closed on: 24-26 Dec 2016, 31 Dec 2016, 1-4 Jan 2017, 6 Jan 2017
Educational programmes available on Saturdays and Sundays; for information contact the Hellenic Children’s Museum,
tel. no. 210 3312995.
17 Vassileos Georgiou B’ Avenue, Athens
More information on: neon.org.gr