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Nikos Viskadourakis, "The Emperor is Naked!"

For all its variety of form, modern art, or at least that part of it hallmarked by self-awareness, has one feature in common: it incorporates the history of art within art. Beyond any pure “aesthetic enjoyment”, every artistic representation worth consideration initiates a discussion on the historical course of art. With this in mind, the Historical Museum of Crete is showing the public The Emperor is Naked!, an art exhibition by major Heraklion artist Nikos Viskadourakis.

Now in the fourth decade of his course as an artist, in this group of works Nikos Viskadourakis articulates “the climax of a long and arduous journey,” as he characteristically puts it. “Personal work with a clear artistic identity”, art historian Denise-Chloe Alevizou notes in her contribution to the exhibition catalogue, “it emerges as consistent and substantial, consolidating Nikos Viskadourakis’ contribution among major contemporary neo-expressionist forces in Greece”.

The exhibition, via which the Historical Museum of Crete broaches the discussion of modern art and its reception, is accompanied by educational programmes and workshops for children, as well as seminars for adults. Beyond first-hand experience, these meetings will offer the opportunity for discussion of matters encapsulated in the historical problem of modern art.

     Nikos Viskadourakis,
  "The Emperor is Naked!"