Greek mythology is forever fascinating and
mysterious and it has always been the subject of Greek artist Alecos Fassianos.
A masterpiece of Fassianos. Photo from
Now 50 pieces of his works, including
lithographs, stamps and bronze sculptures, are displayed in the Shanghai Library
in a solo show "Vivid Myths."
Fassianos was born in Athens in 1935. During 1956 to 1960, he studied in the
Superior School of Fine Arts in Athens, under professor Yannis Moralis.
Then he studied lithography in Paris from 1960 to 1963. In 1966, Fassianos
held his first solo exhibition at the Facchetti Gallery in Paris.
He has held more than 70 solo shows in Paris, Munich, Tokyo, Hamburg, Berlin,
Bonn, Zurich, Milan, New York, Beirut, Stockholm and London. Fassianos has taken
part in famed artistic events, such as the Paris Salon Comparison, Venice
Biennale and Sao Paulo Biennale.
Besides painting, Fassianos is also a theater set and costume designer; he
was one of the stamp designers for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.
But it seems only "art insiders" can really see something in these myth
Most visitors - although they say they had read Greek myths more or less -
cannot understand what they are. They only find some symbols or figures, such as
Apollo, a bit familiar.
"I see ancient symbols such as a pigeon, a scarf and wheat ears," says Liao
Wenfeng, from the Mingyuan Art Center, "and 20th-century cubism. His lines are
like those of ancient Greek bottle paintings. Picasso is also inspired by Greek
bottle paintings in his line drawings."
Date: through November 15, 9am-4:30pm
Address: No. 1 Exhibition Hall,
1555 Huaihai Rd M.