The Gennadius Library
LocationGennadius Library Reading Room
Contact210-72.10.536 (ext. 301)
The Gennadius Library is organizing an exhibition entitled "HARRIS XENOS, Collage-Transubustantiation: A Dialogue with the Collection of Joannes Gennadius".
The exhibition, which is curated by Senior Librarian Irini Solomonidi, will take place in the Reading Room from February 7 through March 21, 2019.
The opening hours are as follows: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: 9.00-17.00, Thursday: 9.00-20.00, Saturday: 9.00-14.00, Sunday: closed.
On the opening day, the exhibition will be open to the public 20.00-22.00.
Tours will be organized by appointments.
Harris Xenos was born on the island of Zakynthos in 1959 and studied at the Paris School of Fine Arts. After he graduated in 1986, he traveled to Italy where he discovered the pre-Renaissance frescoes of Tuscany which greatly influenced his technique, his sense of aesthetics and his overall evolution as a painter. Since 1982 his work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions: • In Athens at the “Nees Morfes” Gallery (1987), • At the “Athens Art” Gallery (1999), • In Rome at the “Il Segno” Gallery (1990), • In Paris at the “Gallerie de l’ Echaudé” (1993), “Bernard Bouche” (1998) and “Henri Bussiére” (2002). In 1996 the artist’s work entitled “Meadow” was shown at the Goulandris – Horn Foundation in Athens, in connection to meetings on “The Aesthetics of Gardens”. In October 2010 his solo exhibition “Sites and Times”, shown in the courtyard of the National Archaeological Museum of Athens, presented a series of paintings directly inspired by ancient Greek archaeological sites. In 2000 the artist created a collection of artistic books which were inspired by the works of F.G. Lorca and J.L. Borges and presented at: • the “Instituto Cervantes of Athens (F.G. Lorca, Lament for Ignacio Sanchez Mejias, 2002), • the Book Arcade of Athens (J.L. Borges, The Memory, 2002) and
• the Malaga Book Fair (A Greek angle on F.G. Lorca, 2007). In 2011 at the Benaki Museum of Islamic Art in Athens, the artist presented “Time in Places, Twelve Paintings by H.I. Xenos” which is both a book and an exhibition of paintings inspired by the works of the Greek-Egyptian poet C. P. Cavafy. In 2012, the artist presented his exhibition “Zaman Ve Mekan” at the Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts in Istanbul. In 2013 at the Museum of Byzantine Culture in Thessaloniki, the artist presented his exhibition “Time and Space”. In 2014 at the Epigraphic Museum in Athens, the artist presented his exhibition “Script Memory”. Also in 2014, the artist received honorary acknowledgement from the Institut de France Academie des Beaux Arts and was awarded the Georges COULON Prize. In 2016 the exhibition “Sapho-Song of Songs” was held at the “Athens Art” Gallery. In 2018 the poems of G. Seferis were published in France with the illustration of Haris Xenou entitled "Entre la vague et le vent". Today the artist lives and works in Athens. His paintings can be found in numerous private and public collections throughout Europe.