It's hard to ignore the ancient past in Greece, and contemporary art is not exempt of antiquity's permeating influence. A project by DESTE Foundation and the Benaki Museum in collaboration with the Postclacissisms network of Princeton University, Liquid Antiquities is a hybrid artistic and academic programme that involves a publication curated by Brooke Holmes and Karen Marta, and a video installation inside the Benaki Museum in Athens designed by the studio of Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The exhibition features large video screens where visitors can see and hear the artists Matthew Barney, Paul Chan, Urs Fischer, Jeff Koons, Asad Raza, and Kaari Upson discuss their practice and how it relates to ancient cultures.
“Bringing together artists, classicists, critics, historians, political theorists, and philosophers, the book, edited by Holmes and Karen Marta, is a critical reflection on the fluid and open-ended relationship between antiquity and contemporary art.”
The book itself is full of vivid imagery that imaginatively juxtaposes ancient artworks with some by contemporary artists, to demonstrate the similarities in form and subject matter between the past and the present. Essays by artists, classicists, critics, historians, political theorists, and philosophers shed light into the subject, illuminating it from different angles and perspectives. The book also includes the interviews seen at the Benaki Museum exhibition, plus additional interviews with Haris Epameinonda, Christodoulos Panagiotou, Charles Ray and Adrián Villar Rojas. Liquid Antiquities is available at museum shops and at DESTE Foundation in Athens, and is also available as a text-only edition in Greek.
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