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20 June 2022
Artist Andreas Angelidakis has announced early details of a new large-scale immersive artwork that will be unveiled this October, commissioned by Audemars Piguet Contemporary.
Transforming the interior dome of the historic Espace Niemeyer in Paris, the installation titled Center for the Critical Appreciation of Antiquity (2022) will be on view from 11 – 30 October 2022, marking the artist’s first solo exhibition in Paris and first artwork commissioned by Audemars Piguet Contemporary to premiere in Paris.
Based in Athens, Angelidakis is classically trained as an architect, though refers to himself as “an architect who doesn’t build.” Today, his practice focuses on contemporary art, informed by his training in architecture. In the early 2000s, Angelidakis moved away from designing physical buildings and started to create and engage with 3D virtual architectural spaces. His practice examines the idea of ruin—of both ancient and contemporary societies. He views architecture as a site of social interaction, creating works that reflect on the sociology and history of modernism in architecture, urban culture and digital media.
With the “Center for the Critical Appreciation of Antiquity (2022)”, I want to give visitors a playful environment for considering antiquity today. To put my research and practice in conversation with Espace Niemeyer is a special occasion, and I am incredibly grateful to Audemars Piguet
Center for the Critical Appreciation of Antiquity (2022) is set to be Angelidakis’ most ambitious installation to date. Situated beneath the striking dome of Espace Niemeyer, the multi-layered installation takes the form of a study centre on antiquity and on the modern city, and will consist of sculpture, furniture, videos and collages, including columns, ruins, books and scaffolding—all made to different heights and of everyday materials. The installation is intentionally situated in dialogue with the modern architecture of Espace Niemeyer, among the most lauded designs in Europe by posthumous Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer.
The commission will create an immersive environment for visitors and combine Angelidakis’ extensive research with perceptions of ancient Greek culture through the lens of today’s world including architecture, archaeology, pop culture and mass tourism. With the Olympian Zeus temple in Athens as his starting point, Angelidakis’ work explores various elements of architecture, from ruins to restoration projects. This playful installation will act as an interactive social hub for visitors to contemplate themes around antiquity’s relevance today. This marks an important moment for Angelidakis, bringing together the virtual and physical elements of his practice.
The curatorial team at Audemars Piguet Contemporary are working closely together with Angelidakis to develop the artwork. The collaboration highlights the programme’s ongoing mission: to invite an artist to commission a new artwork, nurturing their creativity to further expand on their practice.
We are delighted to be collaborating with Andreas Angelidakis for this significant moment in his practice. The fascinating conversation between antiquity and its ongoing relevance to contemporary society will be encapsulated by this impactful installation in the Espace Niemeyer. Given the architectural relevance of the building, it is the perfect fit for Andreas’ immersive new installation, which we hope many will take the opportunity to visit.
Art Curator, Audemars Piguet Contemporary
Andreas Angelidakis (B. 1968) lives and works in Athens. Trained as an architect with a Bachelor of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture and a Master’s degree in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University, he maintains a multi-disciplinary practice as architect, artist, curator and writer centred on research and exhibition, often examined through the lens of the internet.
Angelidakis has consistently challenged the end product of architectural practice by reversing the representation-to-realisation sequence of the production of buildings. He often starts with an existing building, producing models, films, ruins, installations or alternative histories, blurring fact and fiction and smoothing out the borders between the real and the virtual. He has contributed as an artist or curator in a range of global exhibitions including: “The State of the Art of Architecture” at the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, the 12th Baltic Triennial at the Contemporary Art Center in Vilnius and “Super Superstudio” at PAC Milano, all in 2015, as well as “documenta14” in Athens and Kassel in 2017. In 2019, he participated in the Bergen Assembly, contributing a multifunctional social seating system to Paul B. Preciado's “Parliament of Bodies” for documenta14, as well as the Biennial of Moving Image at OGR in Torino. Among the exhibitions he has curated are The System of Objects at Deste Foundation in Athens, Super Superstudio at PAC in Milano, Fin de Siècle at Swiss Institute in New York, Period Rooms at Het Nieuwe Instituut Rotterdam, and OOO Object Oriented Ontology at Kunsthalle Basel.