Helene Pavlopoulou – Don Quixote Of Today [From the series Dithyrambs Of Liberty]

Helene Pavlopoulou

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Helene Pavlopoulou
Helene Pavlopoulou

Helene Pavlopoulou studied painting and engraving (1992-97) in the Athens School of Fine Arts, under professor D.Mitaras, supported by the State Scholarships Foundation (IKY). She continued her post­graduate studies in painting (2003-04) in the Athens School of Fine Arts, with T. Christakis as her supervisor, supported, once more, by a post graduate scholarship from the State Scholarships Foundation (IKY).

Solo Exhibitions

Helene Pavlopoulou has held a great number of solo exhibitions in Greece and abroad: 
Archetypal Landscapes, curated by Dora Iliopoulou ­Rogan, Astrolavos-Dexameni Gallery, Athens, Greece (2001)|Ark, curated by Dora Iliopoulou ­Rogan, Astrolavos-Dexameni Gallery, Athens, Greece (2004)|Ark II, Apothiki Gallery, Paros, Greece (2005)|Emigrantes Del Amor,curated by Manos Stefanidis, Astrolavos-Dexameni Gallery, Athens, Greece (2008)|Odes And Elegies To Unsung Brides, curated by Syrago Tsiara, Municipal Art Gallery of Larissa G.I.Katsigras Museum, Larissa, Greece (2009)|Nymphes, Sibman Gallery, Paris, France (2011)|Les Adieux, L’absence, Le Retour, curated by Helene Gatsa and Louiza Karapidaki, Thanassis Frissiras Gallery, Athens, Greece (2013), Pinelo Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey (2013)|Aurea, under the Auspices of the Greek Presidency of the Council of the E.U., text by the Spanish writer and Philhellenes Pedro Olalla, Theorema Art Gallery, Brussels, Belgium (2014)|Aethereal, text by Syrago Tsiara, Mare Gallery, Chania, Greece (2014), |Blue Riders, text in catalogue by Syrago Tsiara, Cultural Center of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Greece, Athens, Greece (2017)| Dithyrambs Of Liberty, curated by Thalia Vrachopoulos, Espace Philomuses, Paris, France (2017)|Diatopos Centre of Contemporary Art, Nicosia, Cyprus (2018).

Group Exhibitions

Helene Pavlopoulou has also taken part in numerus Art Fairs (Art London, Art Athina, Art Istanbul, Busan Art Fair in South Korea etc.)  while notable is her participation in plenty of group exhibitions organised in Museums (State and private) in Greece and abroad (Europe, USA and China).             

Highlight in her career was her participation in the Biennale of Beijing, in 2017, in the exhibition The Body The Soul The Place, curated by Maria Tsantsanoglou and Syrago Tsiara and invited by the State Museum of Contemporary Art of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki Greece. Moreover, of great importance was her first appearance in NYC’s art scene, in 2016, at the President’s Gallery – John Jay College of Criminal Justice, in the exhibition Woman, Mother, Daughter, Wife, Friend… invited by the global Art Historian and curator Thalia Vrachopoulos.

A selection of group exhibitions, in which Helene Pavlopoulou participated, is as follows: 
Cultural Centre of Ktimatiki Bank, Athens, Greece (1995)|Imaginary Portrait, Photography, Irmos Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece (1995)|Pictorial Photography, Kreonidis Gallery, Athens, Greece (1995)|Biennale of New Artists, organized by Athens School of Fine Arts (1997) /Prize By The News of Art newspaper, Maris Hotels, Heraklion, Greece (1997)|Heineken Art Competition, Cultural Centre Melina Merkouri, Athens, Greece (1997)|Horizons, Cultural Centre M. Merkouri, Athens, Greece (1998)|Piece and Friendship Stadium, under the curating of Astrolavos art galleries, Athens, Greece (1999)|Triennale Of Greek Engraving, Dimitris Pierides Gallery, Athens, Greece (2000)|Foire de Printemps du Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Luxembourg (2001)|Fondazione Sinaide Ghi , Rome, Italy (2001)|Il Palazzo Carpegna- Academia di San Luca, Rome, Italy (2001)|Yporia, Rybnik, Poland (2002), Larissa Contemporary Art Centre, Larissa, Greece (2002)|Get Some Fresh Art, Astrolavos-Dexameni, Athens, Greece (2005)|In To The Playground, Ianos Bookstore, Athens, Greece (2006)|Art, Kites, European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium (2006)|13th Art­Athina, Astrolavos art galleries, Helexpo Palace, Athens, Greece (2007)|14th Art­Athina, Astrolavos art galleries, Helexpo Palace, Athens, Greece (2008)|Silent Dialogues, curated by M. Rogakos, The American College of Greece, Athens, Greece (2008)|15th Art­Athina, Asrtolavos art galleries, Taekwodo Stadium, Athens, Greece (2009)|Colors Of Smoke, Ianos Bookstore, Athens (2009)|16h ArtAthina, Astrolavos art galleries, Taekwodo Stadium, Athens, Greece (2010)|Departures, Multipurpose Cultural Centre Athinais, Athens, Greece (2010)|Art London, Stephanie Hoppen Gallery, Royal Hospital Chelsea, London, UK (2010)|Humanity’s Measures, curated by Iris Kritikou , Melina Merkouri Foundation, Athens, Greece (2010)|Bread, Wine, Oil. From The Antiquity To The Present., Diexodos Museum, Messolonghi, Greece (2011)|Sea, A.S. Gallery, Vourkari, Kea Island, Greece (2011)|Αrt ­Hellenikon, Hellenikon Metropolitan Park, Olympic Properties, Hellenikon, Athens, Greece (2011)|Encounters: Eclectic Affinities With The Art Of Fhaedon Anastasiadis, curated by Megakles Rogakos, Eugenia Alexaki, Mary Michailidis, Cultural Center Melina, Athens, Greece (2011), Teloglion Fine Arts Foundation A. U. Th., Thessaloniki, Greece (2012)|Explosion. Penis & Vagina Relationships In The Contemporary Visual Arts, Booze Cooperativa Gallery, Athens, Greece (2011)|Horizons, Municipal Gallery of Piraeus, Piraeus, Greece (2012)| Face To Face, Frissiras Museum, Athens, Greece (2012)|Orama-Opera, S.G. Art Gallery, Athens, Greece (2012)|Thesmophoria, New Acropolis Museum, Athens, Greece (2013)|Horse, Municipal Art Gallery of Chania, Museum of the Akritans of Europe, Chania, Greece (2013)|Offering, National Archaeological Museum of Athens, Athens, Greece (2013)|The sheep, Celebrating Pastoral Life, Cultural Centre Hellenic Cosmos, Athens, Greece (2013)|Art Istanbul, International Art Fair with Pinelo Gallery, Constantinople, Turkey (2013)|Body Memory, curated by Syrago Tsiara, Thessaloniki Centre of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece (2014)|Realities-Living Real, curated by Athena Schina , Andros Island, Greece  (2014)|Painting III, curated by Thanassis Moutsopoulos, Frissiras Museum, Athens, Greece (2014)|The Silence Of The Arms, curated by Thanassis Moutsopoulos, Municipal Art Gallery of Chania, Chania, Greece (2014)|The Dress Of Mykonos, A Study To The Aegean Culture, curated by Mina Karayanni, Angelos & Leto Katakouzenos Foundation, Athens, Greece (2015)|Welcome / The European Hospitality And Its Borders, curated by Megakles Rogakos, Municipal Art Gallery of Chania, Chania, Greece (2015)|Love Bites, Jai Gallery, Orlando, Florida, USA (2015)|Εlles, Frissiras Museum, Athens, Greece (2016)|Don Quijote In 2016. Hommage In Cervantes, Instituto Cervantes, Athens, Greece (2016)|Woman, Mother, Daughter, Wife, Friend…, curated by Thalia Vrachopoulos, President’s Gallery – John Jay College of Criminal Justice, NYC, USA (2016)|Group show, Rafael Gallery, NYC, USA (2017)|7th Beijing International Art Biennale, The Body The Soul The Place, curated by Maria Tsantsanoglou and Syrago Tsiara and invited by the State Museum of Contemporary Art of Thessaloniki, Greece, National Museum of China, Beijing, China (2017)|Lagoons – Those Fragile Entities, curated by Nina Fragopoulou, Fethiye Mosque, Naupactus, Greece (2018)|Plankton, A Miraculous Sea World, curated by Nina Fragopoulou, G. Gounaropoulos Museum, Athens, Greece (2018)|The Greek Light In Greek Painting, curated by Dora Iliopoulou-Rogan, Rhodes, Greece (2018)|Democracy, curated by Yiannis Bolis, organized by the State Museum of Contemporary Art and Thessaloniki Center of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece (2018)|Memory Of Revolution, curated by Yiannis Bolis, organized by the State Museum of Contemporary Art and Thessaloniki Center of Contemporary Art, Municipal Art Gallery of Larissa G.I.Katsigras Museum, Larissa, Greece (2018)|Busan International Art Fair, Paris Koh Fine Arts, South Korea (2018).

Her works are part of important international private art collections in Europe and USA and of institutions (State and private) such as: the National Bank of Greece, in Athens and London, the Piraeus Bank, the Copelouzos Family Art Museum, the Frissiras Museum, the State Museum of Contemporary Art of Thessaloniki, the G.I.Katsigras Museum, etc.

Curator’s note: Helene Pavlopoulou is deemed as one of the most significant female artists of the Hellenic contemporary art scene.
Hallmark of her work is her act of positioning close together, inventively, past and present references within a single integrated pictorial scheme. With regards to taking objects, symbols, deities, heroes, personas, styles, and, in general, different kind of particularities, that were rendered as point of reference in different time periods, and re-fitting them into contemporary art, outside of their original context, Helene Pavlopoulou creates her own characteristic, sharply contrasted, artistic language. Ships, arks, musical instruments, horses, ancient pillars are only few of her subjects that, as a true representative of postmodern art, Helene Pavlopoulou chooses to introduce them through the use of a kind of pop culture imagery.                                                                                                                                           
Her art draws upon the idea of the ‘space-time’. She investigates and inquiries into new images and conceptions of the ‘space-time’in a special manner and, sometimes, through a successive mixing process of collage and painting. She researches different aspects of ‘space-time’, dealing with this matter not only through a pictorial approach but, mostly, as it being capable of arousing deep emotion; and quite often, in her works, the two approaches transact or one have an exert influence and effect on the other.
Styles from different time periods, archetypal landscapes, important figures from the past, timeless mythological and philosophical allusions are, usually, placed side by side with elements of commercialism, so as to ignore their original use and adopt new interactive roles. Antithetical characters, acts and narratives are introduced as autonomous and independent units, in her paintings, while, at the same time, they are engaged in a constructive dialogue with one another and the viewer. Thus, ‘space-time’ pluralism and diversity are defining features of her art through which she chooses to disrupt the norms’ conventions and unified structures, incorporating, quite often, the use of collision, collage and fragmentation.

With a great number of exceptional exhibitions (solo and group) around the world and participations to important international Art Fairs and Biennale, Helene Pavlopoulou has continuously exhibited a master’s skill for artful, detailed technique -including her past and recent work- and an ingenious use of imagination, allegory and metaphor. Making a more or less disguised reference to elements of surrealism, Helene Pavlopoulou’s subjects reappear in her different contexts and ‘space-time’ compositions to release allusions and stimulations, rather than the total signified idea of her impressive, magnetizing and truly impactful canvases. In an almost kitsch and a general camp aesthetic, Helene Pavlopoulou’s overall artistic context can be classified as high art, since it delights in impertinence. She opposes stereotypical satisfaction and pursues to challenge, intergrating juxtapositions that are lively, audacious and dynamic.                                                                                                                                                       

To be noticed that, throughout her artistic working path, ‘the woman’ holds a dominant position in her compositions; as the figure that constitutes the goddess of an entity controlled by angelic, graceful, poetic, amorous, Freudian symbolization, becomes her muse.

Helene Pavlopoulou, above all, is a deeply sensitized human figure with a gifted personal artistic dialect. Important contemporary social-political and cultural matters are broached in a brilliant way in her paintings, by inverting aesthetic attributes such as beauty, value and taste, through an invitation of an alterative sort of apprehension and consumption.
With the propensity to raise awareness and mentally stimulate, Helene Pavlopoulou, finds her inspiration and expressiveness in that profound locus, where the spirit reflects deeply and intently, where our intrinsic nature and soul has not yet departed from.               
Nelly Fili

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