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Britannia–Pallas: The Twilight of the Idols - Shubha Taparia 
Contemporary Art Museum of Chania - Crete, Greece

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CHANIA.- The Contemporary Art Museum of Chania – Olivepress presents the exhibition Britannia – Pallas: The Twilight of the Idols. The particular presentation was a continuation of the exhibition Prossalendi’s “Britannia” that the Corfu Heritage Foundation organised for the Corfu Festival 2018.

The exhibition’s title refers to the romantic tradition of neoclassicism that covers Prossalendi and the pairing of Athena Pallas and Britannia, two goddesses that are rather intertwined. The subtitle “The Twilight of the Idols” is ideally suited since Britannia in the late 20th and early 21st century is likely on its last legs.

The source of inspiration of the works of the exhibition is the sculptural group that was designed by Paolo Prossalendi (1784-1837) and crowned the façade of the Palace of St Michael and St George in Corfu during the period 1823-1864. The concept and coordination of the exhibition is by Dr Megakles Rogakos and its curation was extended to four research associates – Mr Ioannis N. Arhontakis, Ms Georgia Damianou, Ms Georgia Kourkounaki and Dr Constantinos V. Proimos. The Curators commissioned distinguished contemporary artists – Greek and foreign – to recreate their own version of Prossalendi’s Britannia through their personal visual idiom and vocabulary. So, the exhibition features 35 works by an equivalent number of artists, who are the following: Emmanouil Bitsakis, Lamprini Boviatsou, Thodoros Brouskomatis, Ricardo Cinalli, Dimosthenis Gallis, Milly Flamburiari, Nikos Giavropoulos, Ken Howard, Marion Inglessi, Yanna Kali, Stella Kapezanou, Aris Katsilakis, Harris Kondosphyris & Panagiotis Kyratsis, Alexandros Maganiotis, Georgia Matsamaki, Dimitris Merantzas, Alkistis Michaelidou, Ioannis Monogyios, Nicholas Moore, Konstantinos Pardalis, K. N. Patsios, Aglaia Perraki, Artemis Potamianou, Natassa Poulantza, Irene Pouliassi, Vagelis Robolas, Margot Roulleau-Gallais, Dimitris Skourogiannis, Anna-Maria Smyrnaki, Aris Stoidis, Shubha Taparia, Yorgos Taxiarchopoulos, Olga Tobreluts and Amikam Toren.

Britannia – Pallas was presented at the Contemporary Art Museum of Chania – Olivepress between 25 July and 26 September 2021.

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