Frames of reference


Title: TÒPI ANAFORÀΣ: Apò ti Sillogè tis Tràpezas tis Ellàdos | FRAMES OF REFERENCE: From the Bank of Greece Collection (Greek-English)

Author: Charis Kanellopoulou

Publisher: Bank of Greece (Centre for Culture, Research and Documentation)

Year of publication: 2018

Number of pages: 272

Dimensions: 30 x 28 cm

Book type: Album

ISBN: 978-960-703 2-81-2

Central distribution:
National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation (ΜΙΕΤ) in Athens (13 Amerikis Str., tel.: +30 210 3614143) and Thessaloniki (11 Tsimiski Str., tel.: +30 2310 288036)
Ι. Nikolòpoulos & Co. SA – Ekdòseis tou Eikostoù Pròtou (9 Ζaloggou Str., Athens, tel.: +30 210 3800520).

About the book
The album accompanied the namesake exhibition at the Benaki Museum, Pireos Annexe, organised by the Centre for Culture, Research and Documentation of the Bank of Greece on the occasion of the 90-year anniversary from the Bank’s start of operations, in 1928.

It was on that same year, 1928, that the Bank began collecting artworks, dating from the mid-19th century to this day, gradually forming its Collection that presently comprises around 3,000 pieces. This book presents a selection of 157 creations by significant Greek artists. Three broad themes are taken into account, centred on “frames of reference” which have at times, yet consistently, preoccupied and inspired Greek artists: reference to antiquity; the approach of everyday life; landscape as a guide to artistic expression.

Frames of Reference allow for and encourage multiple readings and interpretations of the ways in which each of the above themes has served different goals – be it artistic, ideological or social – through time, conveying corresponding messages to the Greek society. Thus, the Collection itself becomes a “frame of reference” of artworks that contribute to a timeless rendering of aspects of the Greek cultural identity.

Author’s biographical note
Charis Kanellopoulou is an art historian, scientific advisor and curator of the Bank of Greece Art Collection. She holds a PhD in Art History from the School of Philosophy of the University of Athens. She teaches Art History at the Open University of Cyprus and the Hellenic Open University. Her curatorials include exhibitions relating to modern and contemporary art, co-operating with institutions such as ISET-Contemporary Greek Art Institute, Athens School of Fine Arts, etc. Her interests focus on modern and contemporary art; on public art; on the social character of art; and on the relationship between artistic creation and archives [she is the editor of the collective volume Kritiki+Techni (Criticism+Art) Vol. 6. Contemporary Art and the Archive: Archival Collections, Artistic Practices, Reflections. Athens: AICA Hellas, 2015, republication 2020]. She is a member of AICA Hellas (Greek section of the International Association of Art Critics) and of the Association of Greek Art Historians. 

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