National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens


30/11/2016 - 09/01/2017


2016 “Greece-Russia” tribute year

Genii Loci. Greek Art from 1930 to the Present

Manege Central Exhibition Hall in St. Petersburg

November 30 2016 – January 9 2017

Genii Loci. Greek Art from 1930 to the Present is a large-scale exhibition which is organized at the Manege Central Exhibition Hall in St. Petersburg from 30/11/2016 to 09/01/2017 by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, with the collaboration, for the first time, of the three major public Museums of modern and contemporary art in our country: the National Gallery-Alexandros Soutzos Museum (Athens), the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (EMST) and the State Museum of Contemporary Art (Thessaloniki) and constitutes the culmination of Greece’s contribution to the 2016 “Greece-Russia” tribute year.

The exhibition includes 147 works by 100 Greek artists from the  museums’ collections as well as from important private collections and covers a long period of modern and contemporary history of Greek art, through a wide range of artistic media: from painting and sculpture to video art and installations.

The main idea behind Genii Loci is to showcase important aspects of modern and contemporary Greek art, which are inextricably linked to the concept of place (locus) with its unique spirit (genus)-the divine elements which inhabit and protect every place, and its significance as an area of aesthetic, artistic and -in broader terms- cultural pursuit.

The overall aim of this specific project is to unfold -through the various artistic genealogies- these aspects, as they reflect the particularities, the new experiences, the ruptures and the transformations that contributed to the shaping of Greek art until the present day. Within this framework, the exhibition is conceptually divided into three main sections that correlate “place” with tradition, as well as with the invention of the past, the aesthetic and political defiance and the paths to inner quest.

The exhibition aspires to offer the opportunity to the Russian public and the visitors of St. Petersburg to discover modern and contemporary Greek art and gain a deeper understanding of the particular characteristics of the Greek culture of the 20th century.