Venice - National Participation

Cyprus 2017

Associazione Culturale Spiazzi

13 May 201726 Nov 2017

Colour once was key to politics and trade in the Mediterranean. Fabric manufacturing, medicine, painting, and cosmetics alike depended on pigment supplies and colour binding agents like alum. Main alum resources lay in the Eastern Mediterranean. So Rome banned alum imports to curb Constantinople’s influence. Yet, despite the embargo, around 1500 the agent was still in circulation via the Venetian trade network, including Cyprus.
“The Future of Colour” takes this story as the point of de­par­ture for invoking the spirit of unstoppable exchange — in the key of living colour.
The show invokes the spirit of the Eastern Mediterranean as a zone where routes cross, travelers meet and trade in a poetic knowledge that may render past and future in fresh colours.

Polys Peslikas’s new paintings, shown in the pavilion, draw on fragments of historic imagery. He zooms in on details of Venetian paintings and Modernist collages. He extracts colours, patterns, and ornaments that resonate across time. Mixing these ingredients, Peslikas performs an alchemy that liquefies time.

  • Saint Mamas / detail , Byzantine Museum of the Archbishop Makarios III Foundation, Nicosia, Cyprus Saint Mamas / detail , Byzantine Museum of the Archbishop Makarios III Foundation, Nicosia, Cyprus

Related Artists

Polys Peslikas

Curators

Jan Verwoert

Special Events

Destination: Venice
Where: Associazione Culturale Spiazzi
Type: Opening
Admission: By Invitation Only

Opening Reception

Destination: Venice
Where: Associazione Culturale Spiazzi
Type: Performance
Admission: By Invitation Only

Mirene Arsanios and Neoterismoi Toumazou readings of their writings in the exhibition

Contacts & Details

COMMISSIONER:
Louli Michaelidou

OPENING:
tue, wed, thu, fri 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm; sat, sun 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

CLOSING DAYS:
mon

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