Best known for works that address overlooked or neglected narratives in the material records of history and time, Panayiotou deals with processes of value, ideas of politics and nationhood, and other mythologies that unite and divide us.
Fantasy, desire, theatrics of disillusionment and manifold political histories are key thematics of the exhibition which, for the first time, will bring together elements from the artist’s entire career. Bodies of work encapsulating two decades of artistic production will circulate in the exhibition space for one year, rotating with the calendar and solar seasons. Their arrival and departure will mark specific moments, creating an intriguing network of performative gestures and associations.
Combining legacies of vernacular art and architecture with Byzantine painting traditions, meticulously precise glass sculptures, time-measuring devices, theatrical backdrops and objects charged with historical meaning, One Year evolves as an ephemeral temporal and spatial composition. The desire to experiment with the exhibition space as a constantly changing landscape manifests through radical transformations which blur the boundaries of narration and experience. Opening with a prologue in May 2023, the exhibition will unfold into the seasons of Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring, concluding with an epilogue in June 2024.
Curated by Vassilis Oikonomopoulos, Director of Exhibitions and Programs.
Christodoulos Panayiatou was born in 1978 in Limassol, Cyprus.
Solo exhibitions of his works took place at the Musée d’Orsay, Paris ; at Camden Arts Center, London; the Casa Luis Barragán, Mexico City; the Moderna Museet, Stockholm; the Kunsthalle Zürich; the CCA Kitakyushu, Fukuoka; the Museum of Contemporary Art of Saint-Louis; the Casino Luxembourg; Center for Contemporary Art Brétigny; the Museum of Contemporary Art Leipzig; and the Cubitt, London.
Christodoulos Panayiotou represented Cyprus at the Venice Biennale in 2015. He has participated in major international events such as the Documenta 13 in Kassel, the 14th Biennale de Lyon, the 8th Berlin Biennale, the 7th Liverpool Biennial, Performa 15, the 6th Taipei Biennial and the 8th Biennial of Melle, France. His work has also been shown in a large number of group exhibitions and museums including the Center Pompidou, Paris ; the Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris; the Museion, Bolzano; the Migros Museum, Zürich; the CCA Institute of Contemporary Art Wattis, San Francisco; the Joan Miro Foundation, Barcelona; the Witte de With, Rotterdam; the Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm; the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia; the Ashkal Alwan Center for Contemporary Arts, Beirut; the Artist Space, New York; and the MoCA Miami.