London museum review from our associate from Athens

"Ergina Xydous had the opportunity to visit the American Abstract Expressionism Show at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. It was really impressive in the way that the visitor felt the connection to preceding European art movements such as Surrealism, Dada and Abstraction, understanding at the same time the influence Abstract Expressionism had on today's contemporary art. That was all so clear when standing in front of the original masterpieces.

Visiting time seemed too short to really absorb the multi-faceted character of Abstract Expressionism. The imposing central showroom with Mark Rothko's masterpieces, rivaled the Jackson Pollock's paintings and the sculpture of Robert Smith. I left the exhibition fully inspired!

Regarding contemporary art events in Europe, I would like to point out the interesting show of Ai Wei Wei at the Cycladic Museum im Athens ( ) , following the artist’s month long residence on the Greek island of Lesvos, a hot spot for refugees.  One work was created for the show, the rest were from previous years, including his characteristic photos of places and monuments all over the world.

It was the first time Wei Wei exhibited in an archaeological museum, and the first time he exhibited in Greece. At the same time an exhibition of Ai Wei Wei is going on in Vienna (21er Haus + Belvedere gardens) till the 20th of November."

By Ergina Xydous, Fine Art Appraiser, OTE European Associates