Beyond Antiquity opens at the National Hellenic Museum 1

Beyond Antiquity, a new art exhibition from Greek American architect and artist John “Yanni” Fotiadis, opens at the National Hellenic Museum in Chicago from May 12 to September 30, 2023. 

The exhibit features approximately 40 drawings, paintings, and digital artworks. The works were inspired by Fotiadis’ trips to Greece in 2019 and 2021. During this time, he searched for the meaning encoded in architecture and its relationship to nature.

Fotiadis explores classical architecture in Greece. His works take us on a journey into the present through architecture, myth, and landscape. The ancient past is part of the present-day culture of Greece and inspires all of John's art. This past is also present today in modern cities from London to Chicago. It appears in our literature, language, and buildings.

The works in Beyond Antiquity ask the viewer fundamental questions about our relationship to the past and the future, the everlasting and the ephemeral. Fotiadis shared his thoughts on the importance of the exhibit, “Creating these artworks has taught me that one can find the ‘divine’ in anything…To look ahead, to survive, I believe we must examine and learn from the past. I feel that is the only way we will move beyond antiquity, and our present state, towards a better future."

The National Hellenic Museum is located at 333 S. Halsted Street, Chicago. It is open Thursday through Sunday from 10 AM - 4 PM. Tickets are $10 and include admission to all exhibits, with special discounts available for seniors, students, and children.

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