The exhibition is organised within the framework of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, using the slogan ‘Our heritage: where the past meets the future’ and will be run until January 15, 2019.
Dimitris Alithinos is considered one of the most significant contemporary Greek painters, with a pronounced and systematic global presence. Born in Athens, in 1945, he studied painting at the Athens Supreme School of Fine Arts and at Rome’s Accademia di Belle Arti, as well as architecture at the École Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris. He has held several solo exhibitions, participated in group exhibitions and repeatedly represented Greece to international events and major biennales.
From 1981 to the present date, in parallel to his visual art work, he develops concealments of works and symbolic objects in various locations across the planet.
The concealments series are in effect rituals during which the works are hidden inside the earth in an effort to preserve memory and the passage of human beings through this planet. Alithinos has made 210 concealments to date, within an ongoing life work that occupies an emblematic place in his artistic yield.
Since 1993 he has participated in cultural and religious events and ceremonies across the globe, aimed to rescue local cultural particularities threatened with extinction due to the homogenising tendencies of globalised economy.
In 2013 a large retrospective by Alithinos was hosted at the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens. In 2015 he was honoured for his body of work from AICA Hellas, the Greek Association of Art Critics.