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Open Air Art Museum

The G. & A. Mamidakis Foundation has created a valuable collection of contemporary art over the years, containing seminal works by leading Greek & International artists, such as Vlassis Kaniaris, Nikos Alexiou, George Lappas, Giorgos Gyparakis, and Rena Papaspyrou. Most of the G. & A. Mamidakis Foundation art collection is located at the Minos Beach Art. The Open Art Air Museum presents the monumental sculptures and art installations which were created during a series of symposia held at the hotel.

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During these symposia artists, curators and art critics were brought together, working, and creating in an exclusive landscape of sand, rocks, greenery and trees, ideal for a modern sculpture park. The installation “Drawing”, a spatial intervention in the hotel’s garden by Linda Benglis,“Light and Shadow”, a yellow painted stone on the sea shore of the hotel by Carlo Ciarli, “Haris”, the human figure in rope carrying a wooden pole by Eleni Mylona, “Don Quixote”, a redesigned windmill in the hotel’s garden by Theodoros [Surname needed here?], “Danger!”, a sculpture by Costas Tsoclis, as well as the impressive “Painful Pyramids” by Magdalena Abakanowicz, are just some of the works to be discovered in the gardens of Minos Beach art hotel.

The majority of the artworks have been created to exist in the hotel’s garden, with the artist taking the location into account when planning and creating the new artwork. These outdoor site-specific artworks are, in many cases. inspired by the existing environment whilst, at the same time, often critically commenting upon it. The multifaceted art project “Sea to Shore Stories” (2016), created by Kostas Ioannides, consists of the underwater sculptural installation “Lost Ears of Agios Nikolaos”, the underwater sound installation “Hanging Gardens” and the videotext animation “Untitled (for the Sea-folk)”.

 

An Open Air Art Gallery

In 2018 it inaugurated “Art on Blue”, a series of site-specific works with Georgia Kotretsos’ installation “4 Cents” seen on the rocky surfaces and blue shores of Minos Beach art hotel. Kotretsos’ sculptural installation, comprising varnished copper-plated objects resembling trash bags is a monument to the most banal objects of everyday life. The installation touches upon the pressing environmental issues of plastic waste in the environment that affects wildlife habitat and humans.

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