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After Salvador Dali, Shanghai Museum showcases Greek artist
The Suzhou Museum of art in China’s Shanghai region hosts a personal retrospective of Greek sculptor and visual artist Kostis Georgiou, the second European to be showcased there since an exhibition of surrealist Salvador Dali.
Spanning twenty years of his work, the show entitled Opus Omega will run at the Suzhou Museum until the end of March, after which it will tour several museums in China before moving to the United States and finally Europe. Regarding his Chinese exposure, Kostis Georgiou says, “I felt very emotional when I saw people gather to see my work. They reacted with great warmth and respect and, at this turning point for Greece, it made me feel a proud ambassador of the Hellenic ideal.”
The artists retrospective forms part of the museum’s Bridge series in its new hall, and follows a display of paintings and sculptures by Spanish master Salvador Dali. Last year Georgiou participated in a large Chinese-European exhibition entitled “The European Army and the Qin Emperors Warriors”, representing Greece with his sculpture Phylax. Held at the Shaanxi Museum in Xian, the city famous for its ancient terracotta soldiers, three Chinese and twenty seven sculptors from the EU portrayed a contemporary and European vision of a modern army, positive and non-aggressive, without any spirit of conquest or threat.
In 2012, the Thessaloniki-born artist launched his personal painting and sculpture exhibition in the Feizi Gallery in Shanghai, accompanied by his second compositional work named “Shanghai” with twelve musical themes. Kostis Georgiou studied painting and sculpture at the University of Fine Arts in Athens and with Professor Peter de Francia at Royal College of Fine Arts in London. He lives and works in Athens.