Yiannis Papadopoulos

The Book of Stones

14 May -21 September 2019

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Yiannis Papadopoulosʼ work is inspired by his deep interests in the classical sources of the arts and sciences, their impact on modernity and their continued relevance in the contemporary understanding of the world. The range of his references –from geometry and Greek philosophy to European Scholasticism and the Enlightenment–reflects Yiannisʼ historical awareness and through this, his commitment to addressing some of the most pertinent cultural and political issues which define –and divide–todayʼs Europe. Formally diverse, drawing simultaneously on the traditions of the performing and plastic arts, literature and poetry, he employs prints, drawings, photographs and paintings, notable for their aesthetic economy. For Deste Prize 2015 he presented the work Exhaustion, based on the homonymous mathematical method, to quest the multiple reading of the word. He is awarded with V. Valambous 2010 prize and supported twice by the Flemish Government.



Greek, b.1975 Patras, Greece, based in Athens and Antwerp.


Recent residencies:

2018: WIELS Residency Program, Brussels, Belgium.




ELOS, Wiels project Space, Belgium.


‘City in Pieces’ (group show, curated by Gigi Argiropoulou, Kostas Tzimoulis), Ochto, Athens, Greece.

‘The Collection as an Automaton’, Deree-the American College of Greece, Athens, cur Elpida Karaba

‘Messonission, Brussels Midi Spoor 7, cur. Piero Bisello


‘Le Bouc Divin’ (group show), WIELS Project Room.

‘Unpacking My Library’, National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) cur. Tina Pandi and Anna Mykoniati


‘Actopolis’, Goethe Inst. Athens PAT, Soft Power Lectures, GR, cur. Elpida Karaba/Glykeria Giannakopoulou

‘Perished Sun’, Kalfayan Galleries, Athens, Greece.                             


‘The Ister’, Circuits and Currents, Athens, GR                  

‘Radical Reading’, RR epub presentation, Jupiter Woods, London, UK

‘Billboard project 2016’, Antwerp, BE, cur. Sanja Tomic


‘Rims and Frontiers’, Symptom Projects, Amfissa, GR, cur. Evangelia Ledaki

‘The Ister’, Extra City, Antwerp, BE

‘Residents 2014’, edition More Publishers, Kasterlee, BE

‘Deste prize 2015’, Cycladic Art Museum, Athens, GR


‘Possibly belonging to third parties’, Vooruitzicht, Antwerp, BE, cur. Samuel Saelemakers

‘Fever of the Antique’, Archeologists Society, Athens, GR, cur. Evangelia Ledaki

‘Point Omega’, work in public space Plantin-Moretus lei Antwerp, BE


‘Anatolikon/Hesperinon,’ Wintertuin, Antwerp, BE cur. Stefan Wouters

‘Error #21’, Error One Pianofabriek, Brussels, BE, cur.  Ria Van Landeghem

‘Springs and Sources’, Andros, GR, cur. Lida Kalatzaki and Campus Novel

‘OIKTOS’, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp, BE

‘The Nothing Machine’, Athens University Museum, Athens, GR, cur. Irini Savvani

‘State of Mind’, S-M Art Fair, Stockholm, SE, cur. Nikos Papadimitriou


‘Utopraxia’, Art Foundation, Athens, GR, cur. Evangelia Ledaki

‘The Elgin Marbles and other Elegies’, Wintertuin, KASK, Antwerp, BE, cur. Kasper Bosmans

‘The Long Now’, performing lecture with Nico Dockx, ASFA, Athens, GR


‘Private view’, Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee, BE, cur. Sofie Dederen

‘Midnight Coffee Preview’, group show, NOVYLON, Antwerp, BE, cur. Koen Sels

‘NWSE’, work in public space, performance, BRDG #1, Antwerp, BE, cur. Ilektra Kaitzaki

 ‘{fovos}’, Salon de Vortex, Athens, GR, cur. Evangelia Ledaki and Nikos Papadimitriou

 ‘Ό,τι’, Cycladic Art Museum, Athens, GR

‘Billboard #3’, Antwerp, BE, cur. Sanja Tomic


‘Version 10’, Chicago, USA, cur. Ed Maszewski, Proximity magazine

‘Kunstvlaai’, Amsterdam, NL, cur. Yaels Davids

‘Masters’, Museum van Breda, Breda, NL

Ithaka 18’, Leuven, BE


‘Billboard project’, Antwerp, BE

‘pt.2’, Lokaal 01, Antwerp, BE, cur. Hans Theys

‘Art Campus@Art Cologne’, Cologne, DE, cur. Heike Ander

‘Strange Overtones’, Artis, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, NL, cur. Mieke van Schaijk

‘Graduating Class 2007’, ASFA, Athens, GR


‘Boredom is our Inspiration’, Leo XIII Gastatelier,Tilburg, NL, cur. Bas van der Hurk


‘El Laberinto de los Vientos’, Gernika Kultur Etxeko, ES

‘Arab Guggenheim’, 1st Biennale Thessaloniki, , GR cur. By Nikos Charalambidis

‘Unfair’, Art Fair, Cube Editions, Imperial Hotel, Athens, GR


‘Projecting the Past’, projection/event, Patras, GR

‘4th  Istanbul International Student Triennial’, Istanbul, TR                                                      



2013 Basis Typography, Plantin Institut, BE


Master Fine Arts, AKV | St. Joost, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, NL


Athens School of Fine Arts, GR


Licence in Mathematics, University of Patras, GR




WIELS/Centre d’Art Contemporain, Belgium


Frans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee, Belgium, June-July


Frans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee, Belgium, April             


LeoXIII Gastatelier, Tilburg, The Netherlands, November-December



Flemish Government, project grant 2019-2020

SOFAM grant 2018, Beglium

Flemish Government, project grant 2015-2016

DESTE prize 2015 nominee

Flemish Government, artistic development 2014

ΙΚΥ,  National Scholarship Institute Greece, 2008-2010

Spyropoulos Foundation, Valambus Prize, Greece, 2010




Cadavre exquis, Omblos

Freedom, with PAT, Omblos


Creativity as labor reform, Goethe Institut Athen, PAT, Omblos


Cyclization of the square, typographic reconstruction of a theatre piece, Omblos

Typographic reconstruction, Omblos                                    


12 songs for Jolie, 5 copies, Wooden Star


Upper Dodecahedron, boxed works, 5 copies, Wooden Star

Methodus Exhaustionibus-Method of Exhaustion, 5 copies, Wooden Star


Oiktos, 32p. Wooden Star, Antwerp

Ellipsis, 16p. Wooden Star, Antwerp


Kunstenaarspagina, (H)art magazine #96, p.24, Brussels


Mayakovski, book cover, intervention, Korontzis publications, Athens


Ten months of guest keeping, catalogue for Leo XIII gastatelier/ MFA AKV | St. Joost, Breda

Item #244, 3060x3670, Rectification of a state of affairs, Wooden Star 200 copies, Antwerp

The Bookness of Things, Wooden Star, Antwerp, Belgium

MEIO, magazine, page intervention Porto Alegre, Brazil


Raining Pleasure- Who’s gonna tell Juliet, EMI Greece, cd cover


+/- artist’s book, unique copy, Wooden Star, unique copy


Belo Horizonte, artist’s book, Wooden Star, 10 copies



EMST, Unpacking my library, 2018

DESTE Prize 2015

More publishers + Frans Masereel Centrum, Brussels, 2015

Fever of the Antique Athens, 2014

{fovos}, Salon de Vortex/Lo and Behold, Athens 2011

Ό,τι, ASFA, Cycladic Art Museum, Athens  2011

Masters, AKV | St. Joost, Breda, NL, 2010

Meio, editora panorama critico, Sao Paolo, Porto Alegre, BR, 2010

Ten months of guest keeping, Leo XIII Gastatelier, Tilburg, NL, 2010

Ithaka 18, LOKO, Leuven, BE, 2010

Open Campus, KhM, Cologne, 2009

Graduating Class, ASFA, 2009