At the same time as Art Forum Berlin Galerie Michael Haas and Galerie Haas & Fuchs opened an exhibition with new paintings by the Greek artist Dimitris Tzamouranis (*1967, Kalamata, Greece) in their rooms in Niebuhrstraße 5. Tzamouranis, who has been living in Berlin since 1990, works on canvas and copper. All works were created in 2009 and 2010.
The figures in Tzamouranis’ pictorial world all originate from his immediate environment. Clothing, make-up and hairstyles mark them as modern people of the 21st century. Yet the artist still captures them in many of his paintings in constellations that evoke known, historical, mythological or religious themes in the viewer. In this way “Soika and Eva” are found in the pose of a Pietà, “Dancers” is reminiscent of Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper”, and the large format painting “Die Nacht” (“The Night”) reminds one of Ferdinand Hodler’s work of the same name. Tzamouranis uses art history as a field of inspiration, takes a familiar pictorial language and thereby gives the viewer a sense of recognition. He utilizes this effect consciously, plays with associations and out of it develops his pictorial world. In this world he deals with topics from his horizon of experience, things from his immediate environment. Does “Die Nacht” depict a refugee camp or are these youths sleeping off the inebriation of a party? The artist leaves this open and thereby gives the viewer space for their own thoughts and projections.
After studying painting at the art academy in Thessaloniki, Greece Tzamouranis came to Berlin in 1990 at the age of 23, becoming a master student at the Hochschule der Künste . In 1999 he travelled to Istanbul for a year on a grant from the Berlin Senate. Around the turn of the millennium several works of video and film were created that lead to the expansion of the pictorial language in his paintings. His works were represented by private and public collections and were shown in the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Berlin, among others.
A catalogue with a text from Christos M. Joachimides was published on the occasion of the exhibition.