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WITHOUT WORDS by Theodoros Papayannis
Opening: 20-07-2017 13:30 - End: 31-08-2017

Venue: Archaeological Museum of Delphi

Dates: July - August 2017


"Great memories connect me with Delphi. From the student years I was visiting this sacred space, but also as a teacher I was coming with my students for exercises. In particular, for drawing. It was a happiness for me to move between the ruins and above all in the museum rooms. I designed sculptures, olives, tombs. I wandered to the ruins, drew marble compositions, and admired the craftsmanship that every stone contained in it. In the temple of Athena Pronaia the front columns, cluttered, as they were, resembled giants in decomposition. There, somewhere, I found the metopes and the triglyphs with the cross and the vines embraced. My best drawings were in Delphi. Later, with foreign teachers, we brought our students and worked there. Through these studies and memories, I have prepared a series of sculptures to exhibit in the museum foyer. The basic composition is a crowd around the navel; an issue that is of concern to me for years. A multitude of terracotta human forms lined up in an amphitheatrical formation behind the navel, something like a ceremony, as I want to call it."


Theodoros Papayannis

Sculpturer, Emeritus Professor, Athens School of Fine Arts



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