January 6, 2005 - State Museum of Contemporary Art - Cosmopolis
January 6, 2005

Cosmopolis

COSMOPOLIS 1 : Microcosmos X Macrocosmos
December 17th, 2004 – February 13th, 2005

Thessaloniki, Greece

First Balkan Biennial, organized by the State Museum of Contemporary Art from Thessalonica, director Miltiades Papanikolaou, and by the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, director Xanthippi Skarpia-Hoipel.
Cosmopolis versus Globalism. Cosmopolis versus National Prejudices. Cosmopolis versus Contemporary Exclusivism against Past Traditions and Spiritual Heritage.

Under the title Microcosmos X Macrocosmos, the exhibition attempts to explore the relationships between the regions and globalisation, localism and cosmopolitanism, urban and rural landscape, social engagement and spiritual motivation through the works of 90 artists from 10 South-Eastern European countries selected with the help of 10 national curators.

The aim of this exhibition is to promote specificity and differentiation inside a more and more unified world. And to try to oppose the present-day economic and cultural amorphousness as well as the mass cultural industry, through the strong reassertion of the ideas of personal evolution, individual inner accomplishment, cultivation of complementary identities, but also through social and political responsibility, hierarchy of true human values, planetary belonging, spiritual ecology. Cosmopolis should remind that the role of the artist has always been and still is to reinvent a dignified and conscious position of Man in the universe. And to promote a more equitable, more humane and a truly ecumenical universalism.
General Curator: Magda Carneci.
National selectors: Miltiades Papanikolaou (Greece), Ruxandra Balaci (Romania), Eleni Laperi (Albania), Igor Zabel (Slovenia), Maria Vassileva (Bulgaria), Branislava Andjelkovic (Serbia and Montenegro), Genco Gulan (Turkey), Ivana Udovicic (Bosnia-Herzegovina), Susana Milevska (Federal Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), Nada Beros (Croatia)
Artists: ALBANIA: Flutura and Besnik Haxzillary;Rudina Memaga; Merita Koci; Najada Hamza ; Gazmend Leka; Piro Koci; Suela Muca BOSNIA – HERZEGOVINA: Kurt and Plasto; Danica Dakic; Sejla Kameric; Muhidin Tvico; Nebojsa Seric-Shoba BULGARIA: Alla Georgieva; Luchezar Boyadjiev; Nedko Solakov; Boris Missirkov/ Georgi Bogdanov ; Pravdoliub Ivanov; Boryana Rossa; Valentin Stefanoff and Nina Kovacheva CROATIA: Dalibor Martinis; Mladen Stilinovic; Aleksandar Battista Ilic/ Ivana Keser/ Tomislav Gotovac; Ksenija Turcic; Kristina Leko; Dragica Antolovic; Slaven Tolj GREECE: Elli Chrysidou ; Kostis Georgiou ; Emilia Papaphilipou ; Yiorgos Lazongas; Evanthia Tsantila; Eleni Theophylaktou; Kostas Varotsos; Richard Whitlock; Dimitris Xonoglu; Christos Bouronikos; Yiorgos Tsakiris; Theodoulos F.Y.R.O.M.: Slavica Janeslieva; Aleksandar Stankoski; Zaneta Vangeli; Dijana Tomic-Radevska; Hristina Ivanovska; Igor Tosevski ROMANIA: SubREAL ; Irina Botea ; Mona Vatamanu & Florin Tudor ; Calin Man ; Mircea Cantor ; Ion Grigorescu ; Marilena Preda-Sanc SERBIA: Rasa Todosijevic; Goranka Matic; Vuc Vidor; Darinka Pop Mitic; Zdravko Joksimovic; Milena Gordic SLOVENIA: IRWIN; Apolonja Sustersic; Ziga Kariz; Polonka Lovsin ; Son:DA; Tao Grega Vrhovec Sambolec TURKEY: Ali Akay; Gulsun Orhon; Selda Asal; Nancy Atakan; Memed Erdener
ARTISTS invited by the general curator Magda Carneci: Costas Tsoklis (Greece); Vlasta Delimar (Croatia); Braco Dimitrijevic (Bosnia/France); Vadim Fishkin (Russia / Slovenia); Sanja Ivekovic (Croatia/ Germany); Wanda Mihuleac (Romania/Paris); Paul Neagu (Romania/London); Milica Tomic (Serbia/Austria); Alain Snyers (France)
INFO COSMOPOLIS 1 MICROCOSMOS X MACROCOSMOS

State Museum of Contemporary Art
(Moni Lazariston, Warehouse 1 – Port of Thessaloniki)
Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art
Duration: Friday December the 17th 2004 – Sunday February the 13th 2005
Time: Daily from 10.00 to 18.00
Media sponsor: ERT 3

For more information:
State Museum of Contemporary Art
21 Kolokotroni Str, 546 30 Moni Lazariston,
Thessaloniki, Greece
tel: + 30 2310 589140, +30 2310 589142
info@greekstatemuseum.com ; www.greekstatemuseum.com

Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art
154, Egnatia str., International Exhibition
56436 Thessaloniki, Greece
tel :+30 2310 240002
mmcart@mmca.org.gr

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