The new Communication Campaign for the repertory of the National Theatre of Greece for 2018-2019

A collaboration between the National Theatre and the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (EMST)

The productionsof the new period of the National Theater communicate with the audience through the artworks of Greek and international artists of the EMST Collection.

Timon of Athens by William Shakespeare & Thomas Middleton

Timon of Athens is a historical and symbolic figure, but one that is very familiar to us today, as the central character in a tragedy balanced between satire, farce and allegory, like life itself. This production is by the artistic director of the Greek National Theatre, Stathis Livathinos, who declares himself fascinated by an enigmatic play of and inexhaustible mystery that was written in unusual circumstances and is rarely performed.

Timon, the ruler of Athens in the fifth century BCE, lives way beyond his means, spending his fortune on gifts to friends and pleasures in which all the men of Athens participate.  But Timon’s friendships will soon be tested, and those who have benefited from him will be called on to prove their loyalty.

Inspired by a real figure of ancient times, Shakespeare co-wrote Timon of Athens with one of the most popular playwrights of his time, Thomas Middleton. This hybrid work came at a time of investigation and experimentation for the great dramatist, and is his only attempt at a form without precedent in his other plays.

It is a challenging work about wealth, debt, friendship, flattery, wilful blindness, errors and delusions, generosity and ingratitude, with a timelessness that always strikes a nerve. It is brought to the stage by Stathis Livathinos’s indefatigable team and graced by some of Greece’s most outstanding young actors.

The artwork of the EMST Collection


Waterfall, 2005
Acrylic on leatherette
Diameter 112.5 cm
Purchased with sponsorship by Greek collectors, 2005
National Museum of Contemporary Art Inv. No. 542/05

The Waterfall marks a double morphological and thematic relocation within the multifaceted work of Alexandros Phsychoulis, not only through the redefinition of painting as a medium but as an artistic genre of landscape. With a clean design and a linear clarity, the artist draws his visual vocabulary from the fields of graphic design and animation, expanding the limits of painting at the point that it intersects with graphic arts.

The work follows Mammals, a body of works the artist presented in 2005, a series of circle paintings that explore the meaning of family, through its anthropological dimension as well as a “mechanism of collective trauma production”. With an ironical and playful mood, the artist puts under the microscope – as it is implied by the round shape of the works –the family memories of his childhood. The past is reexamined and redefined not in a final way, but through a fragmented ambiguous iconography, open to psychological and interpretive approaches. More specifically, with the enigmatic Waterfall, apart from a narration of a personal mythology, Psychoulis attempts a personal version of landscape, indissolubly connected with its birthplace, Volos-uneasy, ambiguous and barely idyllic.


Alexandros Phsychoulis

Born in Volos in 1966. Between 1984-86 he studied graphic design at the Athens University of Applied Sciences and then studied painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts. In 1997 he was awarded the Benesse Award for his work Black Box, with which he represented Greece in the 47th Venice Biennale. He has presented his work in numerous solo and group exhibitions. She is a professor at the Department of Architecture of the University of Thessaly. He lives and works in Athens and Volos.

Text: Tina Pandi, Stamatis Schizakis, Daphne Vitali – EMST Curators