Santorini is world famous for its beauty. From this summer on Santorini shall be famous for hosting one of the most well- designed art spaces in the world of art. AK Asimis Kolaitou Art Foundation is opening its gates officially, located at the main road from Fira to Pyrgos, the most central road of the island. A uniquely well thought space that hosts the works of art by some of the most significant artists creating in Santorini.

Official Opening Special Events

- Painting exhibition by Christoforos Asimis and Katonas Asimis.
Sculpture exhibition by Eleni Kolaitou.

- Opera Gala by Irene Tsirakidis
Piano Laoura Gini

There where performed arias from Ponchielli, Berlioz, Massenet and Tchaikovsky operas.

- Premiere screening of the short movie "AK" about the work of the artists Christoforos Asimis, Eleni Kolaitou, Katonas Asimis, Marianna Asimis and their artistic interaction with Santorini through their years.
Director: Efthimis Kosemund Sanidis
Screenplay : Elizampetta Ilia Georgiadou
Soundtrack: Laoura Gini

- Premiere screening of the video performance "Cell".
Performance: Marianna Asimis
Camera : Efthimis Kosemund Sanidis
Montage : Lea Binzer

The Artists.

Christoforos Asimis is highly regarded worldwide as one of the most significant Greek painters. He was born in Santorini and for the last forty years his works deal exclusively with the landscape of the island. He has created a "school" of painting with his obsession about the Santorinian light. His work is considered as the key- work in the history of painting of Santorini landscape. He is also the artist that painted for seven years the entire interior of the Fira Cathedral.

At the sculpture of Eleni Kolaitou we see the expression of the plasticity and symbolism of the human figure in a unique way. Sculptures of big scale can be seen also in the exterior space of ΑΚ Asimis Kolaitou Art Foundation. In the same exhibition her worldwide known jewellery collection in 22K gold and silver is presented. Every piece of this collection is considered a piece of art exclusively designed and hand made by the artist.

Katonas Asimis studied Architecture in Bath of UK and Fine Arts in London. He worked as an artist in New York and London. His works have been displayed in various exhibitions around the world, including the Venice Biennial. He with Eleni Kolaitou are the architects and curators of AK Art Foundation where he presents his latest series of artwork on the rythmology of Santorini's landscape.

Marianna Asimis. Stage and performing artist. Experimenting with the limits of the human body, and searching ,through movement and voice, creative ways to expand them. Manager of AK Art Foundation Santorini Greece.

AK Art Foundation is located on the main road from Fira to Pyrgos, one kilometer from the center of Fira. Works by the same artists can be found also at the center of Fira, next to the Cathedral, at the AK Art gallery and in Athens at AK Art Gallery Athens- Phenomenon Art Gallery, 9 Kolokotroni str, Kιfissia.

Contact: +30 22860 21506 +30 22860 23041 email:info@ak-galleries.com
For guided tour: +30 6983096771

ak-galleries.com

Video: Miltos Karaiskakis

The music of the video is from the soundtrack of the movie " The Hours".
Track No1 " The Poet Acts".
Composed by Philip Glass

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