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VLASSIS CANIARIS (1928 – 2011)

Vlassis Caniaris was born in Athens in 1928, where he died in 2011.  From 1956 to 1960 he lived and studied in Rome and then settled in Paris until 1971.  From 1973 to 1975 he lived in Berlin and then returned to Athens where he lived and worked until his death. In 1976 he was elected to the chair in Architecture at the National Technical University and remained until 1996. 

 

EDUCATION

1959

School of Fine Arts, Rome, Italy.

1950-1955

School of Fine Arts (studios of Umbertos Argyros, Yiannis Pappas, Panos Sarafianos and Yiannis Moralis), Athens, Greece.

1946-1950

University of Athens, School of Medicine, Greece.

 

CURRENT/RECENT

2016

Unlimited at Art Basel, Installation titled: “In Praise”. Collaboration of Kalfayan Galleries (Athens – Thessaloniki) and Galerie Peter Kilchmann (Zurich)

“Vlassis Caniaris” solo show, Galerie Peter Kilchman, Zurich, Switzerland.

“Vlassis Caniaris – Bound for Tinos III” (solo show) (Curated by Christoforos Marinos), Cultural Foundation of Tinos, Tinos.

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015

“What’s North, What’s South?”, Kalfayan Galleries, Athens, Greece.

“Vlassis Caniaris”, Galerie Kadel Willborn, Düsseldorf, Germany.

2012

“Vlassis Caniaris”, GAK, Bremen, Germany.

“Cocktail”, Kalfayan Galleries, Athens, Greece.

“Vlassis Caniaris – Composition 1974”, Gallery 4, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, UK.

2011

“In Praise”, Omonia Square, Athens, Greece. In situ installation as part of a project of the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens.

 “Sculptures:  1973-74”, Team Gallery, New York, USA.

2010

“Vlassis Caniaris”, Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin.

2009

“Antidoro”, (performance), The Breeder, Athens, Greece.

“Genethlion”, Arnados School, Tinos, Greece.

“Arrivederci – Willkommen”, Kalfayan Galleries, Athens, Greece.

2008

“Anniversary - Vlassis Caniaris” eightieth birthday), Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece.

2004

“Vlassis Caniaris, 1957-2004”, Municipal Museum of Chania, Crete.

Zina Anastasiadou Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece.

2003

“Give the People what They Want”, Foundation for Hellenic Culture, New York, U.S.A.

2000

“Retrospective”, State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece.

1999

“Vlassis Caniaris: A Retrospective”, National Gallery and Alexandros Soutzos Museum, Athens, Greece.

1996

“Vlassis Caniaris”, Aria Gallery, Cephalonia, Greece.

1994

“Caniaris”, Galerie 3, Athens, Greece.

1992

“Vlassis Caniaris: Mes enfants, Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst”, Staatliche Kunsthalle, Berlin, Germany.

Official Opening of Art Athina, Athens, Greece.

1991

“Caniaris”, Vafopouleio Cultural Center, Thessaloniki, Greece.

“Caniaris”, Paratiritis Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece.

Karl Ernst Osthaus-Museum, Hagen, Germany.

1989

“Vlassis Caniaris 1956-1959: Reference – Re-Reference”, Titanium Gallery, Athens, Greece.

Municipal Art Gallery, Patras, Greece.

1988

“Vlassis Caniaris”, Macedonian Center of Contemporary Art, Geni Mosque, Thessaloniki, Greece.

1983

“Vlassis Caniaris im Museum am Ostwall”, Dortmund, Germany.

1981

Galerie im Traklhaus, Salzburg, Austria.

Galerie Bama, Paris, France.

1980

“Hélas, Hellas, or The Artist and His Model”, Technohoro Bernier, Athens, Greece.

1975-1976

“Vlassis Caniaris, Gastarbeiter-Fremdarbeiter”, Neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst Berlin, Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD, State Museum “Gallery of the 20th Century”, Berlin, Germany (exhibition traveled in 1975 to the Heidelberger Kunstverein, the Kunstverein Ingolstadt, the Museum Bochum and in 1976 to the Hannover Kunstverein as well as the Institute of Contemporary Art in London).

1974

Giancarlo Bocchi Gallery, Milan, Italy.

1972

“Vlassis Caniaris”, Poll Gallery, Berlin, Germany.

Galerie Bauer & Pietschner, Bochum, Germany.

1971

“Vlassis Caniaris Grekiskt Vittnesmal”, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden.

1970

“Vlassis Caniaris”, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France.

“Caniaris, Sculptures”, Maison des Jeunes et de la Culture, Champigny, France.

“Caniaris”, Galerie Fritzroy, Brussels, Belgium.

1969

“Caniaris”, New Gallery, Athens, Greece.

1967

Prado de l’Anteno, Madrid, Spain.

1964

“Caniaris: Collages – Reliefs”, Florence Houston-Brown Gallery, Paris, France.

“Caniaris: Personages – Objets – Reliefs”, Galerie J, Paris, France

“Caniaris”, Galerie Le Zodiaque, Brussels, Belgium.

1963

Galerie le Zodiaque, Brussels, Belgium.

1962

Galleria Cadario, Milan, Italy.

1960

Galleria La Tartaruga, Rome, Italy.

1958

“Vlassis Caniaris”, Zygos Gallery, Athens, Greece.

 

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015

“Dirty Linen”, Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece.

2014

10th Gwangju Biennale: “Burning Down the House” (curated by Jessica Morgan), South Korea.

2013

“The Encyclopedic Palace” (curated by Massimiliano Gioni), 55th Venice Biennale, Arsenale, Italy.

“Hell As Pavilion” (curated by Nadja Argyropoulou), Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France.

2011

“A Rock and A Hard Place” (curated by Paolo Colombo, Mahita El Bacha Urieta, Marina Fokidis), 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Greece.

“NTEPTI - Humanism” (curated by Nadja Argyropoulou), Faggionato Fine Art, London, UK.

Arte Fiera, Kalfayan Galleries (Athens-Thessaloniki), Bologna.

2009

“Vlassis Caniaris: In Contrapunto”, National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation, Athens, Greece.

2007-2008

“Greek Artists in Germany and German Artists in Greece”, Municipal Museum of Athens, Greece.

2006

“The Grand Promenade”, (exhibition in various sites around the city of Athens, Greece).

“Projekt Migration”, Cologne, Germany.

2005-2006

“The Years of Defiance: The Art of the ‘70s in Greece”, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece.

2004

“Exercises”, Zina Athanasiadi Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece.

“Mirrors of History”, Sarantopoulos Flour Mills, Piraeus, Greece.

“Inside Outside, Notes for the ‘60s from the Beltsios Collection”, Hellenic American Union, Athens, Greece.

2003

“Place and Form: Works from the Paraskeva Collection”, Museum of the City of Athens, Greece.

2002

“The Shock of ‘70”, To Milo Art Gallery.

2001

“Glossalgia”, Hellenic American Union and Frissiras Museum, Athens, Greece.

2000

“Auf den Händen Wanderust Du”, Galerie Kubus, Hannover, Germany.

1999

“Minus-Plus”, Hellenic American Union, Athens, Greece.

“Banner, Flag, Sign”, Psyharis Art Gallery, Athens, Greece.

1997

“Teachers and Students”, Metamorphosis Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece.

1996

“Face à l’Histoire 1933-1996”, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France.

“On the Homeland”, Spiti tis Kyprou, Athens, Greece.

“Teachers and Students”, Astrolavos Gallery, Athens, Greece.

1993

“The Child in Modern Greek Art”, National Gallery and Alexander Soutsou Museum, Athens, Greece

1992

“The Open Image: Aspects of Modern Art in Europe after 1945”, Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, Münster, Germany.

“Metamorphosis of the Modern: The Greek Experience”, National Gallery and Alexander Soutsou Museum, Athens, Greece.

1991

Painting exhibition, Eugenides Foundation, Athens, Greece

“21- Was nun?”, Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Berlin, Germany.

“Urban Dreams”, Twenty-four Gallery, Athens, Greece.

“Open Box”, Karl Ernst Osthaus Museum, Hagen, Germany.

Hellenic American Union, Athens, Greece.

XV Biennale Internazionale del Bronzetto, Padova, Italy.

International Sommerakademie, Salzburg, Austria.

1988

43rd Biennale of Venice, (together with Nikos Kessanlis), Italy.

European Cultural Centre of Delphi, Delphi, Greece

1987

“Investigation of New Materials and Means”, Apopsi Gallery, Athens, Greece.

1986

“Features of Post War Art in Greece”, Municipal Gallery, Athens Greece.

“Athens in Berlin: DAAD”, Pierides Gallery, Athens, Greece.

1985

“Introductory Chapters in Modern Greek Art: Greek Artists in France”, Municipal Gallery, Rhodes, Greece.

“After Abstraction”, Gallery Nees Morfes, Athens, Greece.

1984

Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund, Germany.

Échanges-Artistes Français à Berlin, 1964-1984”, Goëthe Institut, Paris.

Society for Macedonian Studies, Thessaloniki, Greece.

1982

“Europalia ‘82 - Hellas”, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, Belgium.

1981

“Culture in the Migration Process”, Kemmade International VII, Bochum, Germany.

“Caniaris, Fuchs, Geiger, Merz, Schoenholtz”, Galerie im Tracklhaus, Salzburg, Austria.

“Abstraction”, Nees Morfes Gallery, Athens, Greece.

“Environment – Action”, Society of Greek Art Critics, Athens, Greece.

“Documentation, Gastarbeitekultur”, Museum Bochum, Bochum, Germany.

1979

“Is there any Meaning in Art?”, Goethe Institut, Athens, Greece.

1978

“Kunst des 20 – Jahrhunderts aux Berliner Privatbesitz”, Akademice der Künste, Berlin, Germany.

“Images of Greek Art”, Zappeio Megaro, Athens, Greece.

1977

“Boîtes, ARC”, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France.

“Proposal for a Museum of Contemporary Art”, Desmos Art Gallery, Athens, Greece.

Dokumenta 6, Kassel, Germany.