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The aquatic world of plankton in works of art

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At the Museum of Gounaropoulos at Zografou.

The collective art exhibition “Platon: A Wonderful Water World” will be presented from 18 April at G. Gouarnopoulos Museum in Zografou. The exhibition includes works of contemporary art inspired by the plankton and aims to highlight the aesthetic dimension of the plankton in combination with its vital importance.

Plankton (from the word plankton, ie wandering) is all the organisms that exist in the seas and the fresh waters and are moved drifting with the streams of water. It consists of microscopic predominantly species (<1mm), with amazing shapes, but it also includes large-sized organisms, such as jellyfish. It is distinguished in bacteria, phytoplankton and zooplankton. From one class of bacteria, cyanobacteria, life began on the planet. Phytoplankton releases half of the oxygen that we breathe with photosynthesis, binds a significant part of the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and contributes to the formation of clouds, thus affecting the climate. Plankton is the basis of the food chain in water, in which zooplankton is the intermediate link between phytoplankton and large sea animals.

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Organisms of plankton beyond vital have aesthetic value, due to the wide variety of forms and symmetries they develop to adapt to water. The German biologist, naturalist and artist Ernst Haeckel (1834-1919) first portrayed many planktonian artifacts and influenced other artists to be inspired by them.

The painting, sculpture, digital prints, videos and mixed techniques are presented in the Platon Report: a wonderful water world, which interacts with the forms and colors of nature, but also brings to the fore the issues of danger and protection of the environment. The parallel presentation of the exhibition with a series of lectures by specialized scientists seeks to activate aesthetics and ecological sensitivity to nature and the living world.

Participating artists:
Assan Joanna Varvakis Katia, Gavalas John, Davvetas Demosthenes, Dimitrakis John, Karakatsanis Vassilis Katsipanos Theophilus, Kelaidi Mary Korovessi Angelica, Lagos Nikos Lazarakis Christos Latinopoulou Athina, Lois Angela, Maltampe Demeter Matsouki Irini Michalakopoulou Helen Papatzanakis Antonia , Pavlopoulou Eleni, Rina Vangelis, Sidiropoulou Eleni, Skandali Dimitra, Tanimandidis Panagiotis, Triantafyllou Antonis, Tsakiris Giorgos, Iotoff

Parallel Events

The exhibition will be framed by a series of lectures according to the following program:

Saturday, April 28, 11:00 – 12:00
Vital and aesthetic value of plankton, Nina Fragopoulou, professor, Department of Biology, University of Patras

Saturday May 5, 11:00 – 12:00
Plankton: a wonderful water world, guided tour of the exhibition, Dionysia Giakoumi, Art-Curator, Museum of G. Gounaropoulos

Saturday 12 May, 11:00 – 12:00
The last wild food in our dish was once plankton, Konstantinos Koutsikopoulos, Professor, Department of Biology-Dean of the School of Sciences, University of Patras

Saturday 19 May, 11:00 – 13:00
11:00 – 12:00, From Darwin to Matisse in all the land languages, Konstantinos Stergiou, Professor, Department of Biology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, & Director of the Institute of Marine Biological Resources & Inland Waters, EL.KEYTH .
12:00 – 13:00, Repeat the tour in the exhibition

Saturday 2 June, 11:00 – 12:00
The jellyfish in the Greek seas, Epameinondas Christou, Researcher A, EL.KEYTHE

Saturday, June 9, 11:00 to 12:00
Art and ecology: advocating for life, Theoni Anastasopoulou-Kapogianni, Dr. Philosophy of the Sorbonne University

Editing and organization: Nina Fragopoulou, Dr. Marine Biology
Artistic Editing: Athena Latinopoulou, Art Exhibitor
Coordination of the exhibition at G. Gounaropoulos Museum: Dionysia Giakoumi, Art Historian-Curator

The exhibition accompanies an electronic catalog in Greek and English (to be posted on the website of the museum: www.gounaropoulos.gr, field “EXHIBITIONS” subfield “CURRENTLY”)

Tospirto team

18 April 2018
Museum of Gounaropoulou: 6 Gounaropoulou Street, Ano Ilisia, 15771 Exhibition duration: June 16, 2018. Opening: Wednesday 18 April at 19:30. FREE ENTRY at the exhibition and in all events Opening hours: Tuesday – Wednesday: 09.00 – 13.30 & 18.00 – 21.00 Thursday – Saturday: 09.00 – 15.00. Sunday – Monday: closed