Argilos at Carwan Gallery: A Dialogue Between 20th-Century & Contemporary Ceramics

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Carwan Gallery is proud to present ‘Argilos,’ a groundbreaking ceramics exhibition in Greece, in collaboration with Fondazione Officine Saffi, a non-profit organization based in Milan. This exhibition features a carefully curated selection of 27 ceramic artists from around the world, many of whom are showcasing their work in Greece for the first time. Established in 2011, Fondazione Officine Saffi is renowned for its dedication to promoting new research and experimentation in ceramics, blending fine art, craftsmanship, and collectible design. The foundation utilizes a multidisciplinary approach, including exhibitions, educational programs, residencies, and publications, to engage a diverse audience and highlight the transformative power of ceramics within art, culture, and society. Argilos will be on display until November 11, 2023.

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Exploring the evolution of ceramic artistry from the 1970s onward, the Argilos exhibition showcases a comprehensive collection of artists from Fondazione Officine Saffi’s impressive repertoire. This exhibition emphasizes the foundation’s extensive research in 20th-century and contemporary ceramics. Visitors will have the opportunity to witness the enduring commitment to ceramics as a dynamic artistic medium, spanning from the 1970s to the present day. The exhibition encompass a wide range of functional and non-functional ceramic pieces, most of which were specially commissioned by Fondazione Officine Saffi and are now part of their esteemed collection.

Each artwork displayed at the exhibition pushes the boundaries of the medium, showcasing the boundless creativity, expressiveness, and plastic potential of clay. The exhibition creates a visually captivating dialogue between the past and present, offering a visual and material conversation. Taking place within the expansive Carwan Gallery flagship space in Piraeus, the exhibition is presented on a grand plinth at the center of the gallery. This unique design concept utilizes humble concrete hollow blocks, commonly found in rural areas, to construct the plinth, showcasing the artworks as fragments of an ongoing collection and allowing for an impactful narrative.

image © Epaminondas Koutsoukis

This exhibition brings together a diverse range of artists, featuring both influential 20th-century masters who have significantly influenced contemporary ceramics and emerging talents. The showcased works engage in a compelling dialogue, bridging generational and stylistic trajectories. Renowned artists such as Carlo Zauli, a pioneer in Italian modern ceramics, and internationally acclaimed figures like Torbjørn Kvasbø from Norway, Shozo Michikawa from Japan, Johannes Nagel from Germany, and Anders Ruhwald from Denmark/USA are among the notable highlights. All ceramic pieces in the exhibition are unique and available for purchase.

The complete list of artists featured in the exhibition includes Gordon Baldwin, Claudi Casanovas, Roger Coll, Mia E Göransson, Morten Løbner Espersen, Ian Godfrey, Turi Heisselberg Pedersen, Keiji Ito, Sangwoo Kim, Yasuhisa Kohyama, Torbjørn Kvasbø, Loredana Longo, Shozo Michikawa, Kazuhito Nagasawa, Johannes Nagel, Colin Pearson, Irina Razumovskaya, Päivi Rintaniemi, Anders Herwald Ruhwald, Nina Salsotto Cassina, Christina Schou Christensen, John Shea, Zsolt József Simon, Shingo Takeuchi, Kati Tuominen-Niittylä, Ann Van Hoey, and Carlo Zauli.

image © Epaminondas Koutsoukis

image © Epaminondas Koutsoukis

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