Duration: 4/12/2019 – 22/3/2020
ALEXIS ACRITHAKIS exhibition "Chiki-Chiki" open at the Teloglion Foundation of Arts on Wednesday, December 4, 2019. It was designed on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the birth and 25th anniversary of the death of the great Greek painter Alexis Akritakis, while being presented in Athens at the Benaki Museum from September 24 to November 17, 2019.
The exhibition features most of the "chiki-chiki", works made with the artist's characteristic ink on paper and sometimes with the addition of colored tempera and rarely other materials. This is the first exhibition after the artist's death, dedicated to these works. It collects more than 60 works from private and public collections in Greece and abroad, many of which are presented in Greece for the first time.
Alexis Akrithakis (Athens 1939-1994), created the "chiki-chiki" systematically from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s and these works established him as a subversive and authentic artist of his era. His rapacious painting was recognized as a serious proposition. The success of his first exhibitions in Greece and Berlin secured him a DAAD scholarship in 1968 which permanently established him in Berlin, where he produces most of the works presented at the exhibition. Alexander Iolas exhibited in his gallery in Geneva an exclusive black and white "chiki-chiki" in 1971 and the text of the exhibition is signed by author Kostas Tachtsis. Moreover, his relationship with literature and authors has been characteristic. He often collaborates on designing publications and makes "chiki-chiki" for books of Kostas Tachtsis, Elias Petropoulos and Austrian poet Friederike Mayröcker. After the mid-1970s and until the end of his life, "chick-chick" as a characteristic writing and linguistic idiom reappeared in his works.
Alexis Akritakis's works were first exhibited in Thessaloniki in 1963 at the Veltsos Gallery, followed by the Clio (1966), ZM (1971) and Kalfayan (2011) galleries. In 1997, about three years after the artist's death, a retrospective exhibition of his work was inaugurated at the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art.
Curator: Chloe Geitmann-Akrithaki and Alexios Papazacharias.