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Life and Work

Apostolos Palavrakis © Antonia Eggeling

The work of the Greek artist Apostolos Palavrakis (born 1962) is as diverse as the sources from which his artistic work derives. Through drawing, painting, sculpture, and installation, his work explores human intellectual and cultural history as well as his own position in the web of social and political realities, while also addressing the ways in which physical reality manifests itself to us.

In his 25 years of collaborating with the gallery, Palavrakis has decisively developed his work, moving from the sensual, lyrical approach he pursued in the 1990s to a clear, formally almost austere objectivity, in which structure and form take precedence over expressive gesture and mythical aura. While in his early works, he explored spiritual themes, poetry, myth, the truth of words and imagery, these days his work focuses on the man-made environment. He deconstructs and reinterprets these environments through an engagement with architecture, technology, and science in order to consider social, political, and economic contexts in which human existence manifests itself today. However his search for what lies behind things, the system that permeates our experiential reality, remains unchanged.

Apostolos Palavrakis lives and works in Dortmund and Thessaloniki.

Biography

1962 Born in Trikala, GR

Works (Selection)

Apostolos Palavrakis, Aggregat I / Element XIII – XVI, 2013/2016, © Apostolos Palavrakis + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Apostolos Palavrakis, Aggregat I / Element XIII – XVI, 2013/2016, © Apostolos Palavrakis + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Apostolos Palavrakis, Stairs, 2009-2012, © Apostolos Palavrakis + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Apostolos Palavrakis, Stairs, 2009-2012, © Apostolos Palavrakis + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Apostolos Palavrakis, Accumulator 18 (The 5th Element after Kasimir Malewitsch), 2018, © Apostolos Palavrakis + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Apostolos Palavrakis, Accumulator 18 (The 5th Element after Kasimir Malewitsch), 2018, © Apostolos Palavrakis + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Apostolos Palavrakis, untitled, 1999, © Apostolos Palavrakis + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Apostolos Palavrakis, untitled, 1999, © Apostolos Palavrakis + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Apostolos Palavrakis, Ur-Haus II / Extension and Collapse, 2012-2013, © Apostolos Palavrakis + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Apostolos Palavrakis, untitled (Desire and Disaster), 2018, © Apostolos Palavrakis + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Apostolos Palavrakis, MODULE 94, 2015/2016, © Apostolos Palavrakis + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Apostolos Palavrakis, o. T. (14 6 1940), 2012, © Apostolos Palavrakis + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Apostolos Palavrakis, untitled, 2011, © Apostolos Palavrakis + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Apostolos Palavrakis, untitled (Stairs), 2010, © Apostolos Palavrakis + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Apostolos Palavrakis, untitled, 2010, © Apostolos Palavrakis + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Apostolos Palavrakis, untitled (The Forest/Aggregat I), 2013/14, © Apostolos Palavrakis + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Apostolos Palavrakis, o.T., 1995
Apostolos Palavrakis, unttled (void 14/00), 1995

Solo exhibitions (selection)

2020 Multiples, part I _ 1994 – 2004, Gallery Lola Nikolaou, Thessaloniki, GR
2018 Desire and Disaster, Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art, Dusseldorf, DE
2012 Andere Orte, Osthaus Museum Hagen, Hagen, DE
2011 Other spaces, RWE Tower, Dortmund, DE
Other spaces, Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art, Dusseldorf, DE
2008 Signs and cryptograms, Galerie Lola Nikolaou, Thessaloniki, GR
2005 Works on canvas, Arnés & Röpke, Madrid, ES
Entropie Installation, Art Palm Beach, Miami, US
2004 Fragments and Dust Ballet (2004-07), Landestheater Rendsburg, Flensburg, DE
Neue Arbeiten, Galerie Stefan Röpke, Cologne, DE
Neue Arbeiten, Galerie Lola Nikolaou, Thessaloniki, GR
Galerie Stefan Röpke – Art Cologne, Cologne, DE
2003 Works on canvas, Galerie Brennecke, Berlin, DE
et J´ai decide de me taire… Installation, Art Cologne, Cologne, DE
2002 Trespassing Malerei, Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art, Dusseldorf, DE
Malerei, Arnés & Röpke, Madrid, ES
Works on canvas, Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art – Art Cologne, Cologne, DE
2001 Echoes – Malerei, Galerie Brennecke Berlin, Berlin, DE
Echoes – Malerei, Lola Nikolaou Gallery, Thessaloniki, GR
2000 Void, Galerie Stefan Röpke, Cologne, DE
Malerei, Galerie Lola Nikolaou – Art-Athina, Athens, GR
1999 Immanent images, Arnés & Röpke, Madrid, ES
Infinity fields, Galerie Stefan Röpke, Cologne, DE
1998 Transfiguration.one, Kunstmuseum Ahlen, Ahlen, DE
1997 Invisible islands.kythera suite, Galerie Stefan Röpke, Cologne, DE
1996 Martyrologium di silenzio – frammenti di senso – colori di vita, Kunstverein Lippstadt, Lippstadt, DE
1995 Galerie Stefan Röpke – ARCOmadrid, Madrid, ES
Silence.zero, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen, DE
Neue Arbeiten, Galerie Stefan Röpke, Cologne, DE
1994 Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund, DE
Silence.zero, Heilig-Kreuz-Kirche, Dortmund, DE
1992 Per speculum ad porta magna, Kunstverein Konstanz, Konstanz, DE
Projekt Werk-Kunst, Hoesch-Museum, Dortmund, DE
1990 Kunstachse Kortumstraße, Bochum, DE

Group exhibitions (selection)

2020 A Darker Shade of Black, Kunstmuseum Bochum, Bochum, DE
2019 7th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, MOMus-Museum of Modern Art-Costakis Collection, Thessalonike, GR
2016 Der Zweite Blick, BauKunstArchiv NRW, Dortmund, DE
2013 Renaissance Reloaded, Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art, Dusseldorf, DE
2010 Konstruktiv, Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art, Dusseldorf, DE
2009 Works on paper, Donopoulos International Fine Arts, Thessaloniki, GR
Works on paper, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Berlin, DE
2007 Griechische Künstler in Deutschland – Deutsche Künstler in Griechenland, Staatliche Pinakothek Athen, Athens, GR
2006 Humilitas – Mut und Demut, Isola Bella, IT
2004 É bella la Bestia?, Isola Bella, IT
2003 La tentazioni di Sant’antonio, Isola Bella, IT
2002 Hic sunt leones, Isola Bella, IT
2001 Lo spirito del Lago, Isola Bella, IT
Museum für moderne Kunst, Larissa, GR
2000 Dov’è la passione, Isola Bella, IT
1999 Il mistero delle donne, Isola Bella, IT
1998 Berlin – Bialystok, Galeria Arsenal, Bialystok, PL
Amore e dolore, Isola Bella, IT
1997 L’occhio nudo, Isola Bella, IT
Thessaloniki Kulturhauptstadt Europa, Lola Nikolaou Gallery, Thessaloniki, GR
1994 Kunst-Europa, Galerie Neuer, Essen, DE
1993 Projekt Werk – Kunst, Hoesch Galerie, Hanover, DE
1992 Projekt Werk – Kunst, Hoesch-Museum, Dortmund, DE

EXHIBITIONS AT BECK & EGGELING (SELECTION)

Publications

Apostolos Palavrakis. Aggregates, Modules and Accumulators. 2012–18

Apostolos Palavrakis. Aggregates, Modules and Accumulators. 2012–18

  • Artist: Apostolos Palavrakis
    Editor: Ute Eggeling, Michael Beck
    Text: Ute Eggeling, Michael Beck
    Design: Anastasis Stratakis für Beck & Eggeling
  • English, German
    Hardcover, 30 × 24 cm
    68 pages
  • Beck & Eggeling Kunstverlag, 2018
    ISBN 978-3-94606319-3
  • 30 €
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Apostolos Palavrakis. Other Spaces

Apostolos Palavrakis. Other Spaces

  • Artist: Apostolos Palavrakis
    Editor: Ute Eggeling, Michael Beck
    Text: David Galloway, Tayfun Belgin
  • English, German
    Hardcover, 30 x 24 cm
    72 pages, 28 illustrations
  • Beck & Eggeling Kunstverlag, 2011
    ISBN 978-3-93091969-7
  • 20 €
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Further publications

bibliography

2020
A Darker Shade of Black. Frank Gerritz, Apostolos Palavrakis, Bruno Querci und Kasimir Malewitsch
Hans-Günter Golinski (Hg.), Bochum
Texte: Hans-Günter Golinski, Michael Stockhausen
2018
Aggregates, Modules and Accumulators. 2012 – 18
Beck & Eggeling Kunstverlag (Hg.), Düsseldorf
Vorwort: Ute Eggeling, Michael Beck
2011
Other Spaces
Beck & Eggeling Kunstverlag (Hg.), Düsseldorf
Vorwort: Ute Eggeling, Michael Beck
Text: Tayfun Belgin, David Galloway
1998
Transfiguration one
Beck & Eggeling Kunstverlag (Hg.), Düsseldorf
Text: Burkhard Leismann
Transfiguration. one
Kunst-Museum-Ahlen (Hg.), Ahlen
Texte: Burkhard Leismann, Apostolos Palavrakis
1997
Invisible islands. kythera suite
Galerie Stefan Röpke (Hg.), Köln
Text: Jorge Luis Borges: otro poema de los dones
Infinity fields. kythera suite
VAU Berlin (Hg.)
Text: Dr. Tayfun Belgin
1996
Arche II
Beck & Eggeling Kunstverlag (Hg.), Leipzig
Martyrologium di silenzio – frammenti di senso (nostalgia) – colori di vita (violenta)
Kunstverein Lippstadt (Hg.)
Text: Interview Apostolos Palavrakis mit Dr. Tayfun Belgin
1995
Silence. Zero
Wilhelm – Hack – Museum Ludwigshafen (Hg.)
Texte: Dr. Richard W. Gassen, Dr. Elmar Bauer
1994
Epitaph on the reflexion of a black sign behind the mirror
Pictures for the eclipse between the gate and the error
Beck & Eggeling Kunstverlag (Hg.), Leipzig
Silence. one
Museum am Ostwall (Hg.), Dortmund
Text: Dr. Tayfun Belgin
...and many circles under the water
Galerie Michael Beck (Hg.), Leipzig
1993
war requiem
Galerie Lang (Hg.), Leipzig/Berlin
1992
Apostolos Palavrakis
Hoesch Museum (Hg.)
Text: Dr. Ingo Bartsch

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