Exhibition opening: April 3, 2019
Exhibition duration: April 4 – May 19, 2019
Extended until: May 26, 2019
Concert: May 9, 2019
Organised by: The Benaki Museum
Exhibition curator: Stavros Kavalaris
Exhibition design & coordination: Natalia Boura
Benaki museum sponsorship programme: Maria Throuvala
Communication: Nicoletta Menti
Press office: Athina Isaia
Translations: Niki Prodromidou, Manos Tziritas
Transportation of works: MoveArt
Insurance of works: Karavias Art Insurance
Construction: S. Efraimidi Sons
Colourings: Efthimios Macarounas
Digital printing: Nikos Paschalidis
Silkscreen printing on wall: Tind
Frames: Zorzovilis Co.
Lighting: Stefanos Giagtzis, Kyriakos Kosmidis
Technical support: Yiannis Tzervakis, Markos Ritsa
Security supervision: Dimitris Georgakopoulos
In any artistic expression, the consciousness of the personal and spontaneous stimulates the artist’s impulse to become tangible and definite; the track of emotion, its obstruction, persistence or extinction transcends as his muse.
Such is the case of painter Stefanos Rokos’s meeting with songwriters and troubadours Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds and their bidirectional relationship, which led to this exhibition and the visualization-with tangible consciousness- of the14 songs of the crooners’ opus “No More Shall We Part”, seventeen year later. Remembrances, reminiscences, memory lane, all fossils, intermingled within the hypostasis of the piecemeal bipole of child/man, which call upon their reconnection. Evocative lyrics, which, when they do not “speak out” their desire to be besotted, charm, drift along; paintings that likewise charm, conjuring up whatever fragments of eros are left behind, urging to become an archive of longing.
Stefanos Rokos’s attempt to visually approach the L.P. NMSWP by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds with the publication of the art book and the exhibition, culminated in its musical rendition with a wonderful concert, on May 9th, 2019 at the Benaki Museum.
The following musicians played at this special live gig: Jim Sclavunos (Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Sonic Youth, The Cramps, The Vanity Set among others.), Eleanor Friedberger (The Fiery Furnaces), Stef Kamil Carlens (dEUS, Zita Swoon), Illegal Operation andThe Callas. The concert was organised by Heretic, Dimitris Rokos and the Benaki Museum.
Photos by Alina Lefa, Astralón, Dimitris Legakis.