Urgent Conversations: Athens-Antwerp | Athens, 2017

Urgent Conversations: Athens-Antwerp

Curated by: Bart De Baere, Katerina Koskina

Assistant Curators: Stamatis Schizakis, Jan De Vree

Project Participation: The River of  Life 

The National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) & The Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp (M HKA)

Athens, Greece, 2017

The first exhibition, entitled Urgent Conversations: Athens – Antwerp that inaugurated the temporary exhibition spaces of EMST simultaneously with the Program EMST in the World, is a coproduction of EMST and the Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp (M HKA). The exhibition was inaugurated on October 31, 2016 and will last until February 05, 2017, essentially restarting the temporary exhibition activities of the Museum, which had been suspended in 2015 due to the relocation at its permanent home and due to the activities that were taking place for the operation and receipt of the new building.

The exhibition aims to be a theoretical and visual dialogue, based on works from the collections of both Museums, which includes more than 70 works and is structured in 22 thematic units. In April 2017, the exhibition will travel to Belgium on a smaller scale.

The River of Life (2004), is a video installation comprising seven 30’ films simultaneously projected in a specially constructed circular space. Commissioned by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture as an acquisition for the permanent collection of the National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) in Athens, Greece. Danae Stratou, travelled for a whole year filming seven major terrestrial rivers: the Danube, the Nile, the Amazon, the Mississippi, the Niger, the Yangtze and the Ganges.

Duration: October 31, 2016- February 05, 2017