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Ilias Christopoulos, Manos Kalamenios

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Upcoming online exhibition:: June 2020 - Maritsa Travlos. Ceramics Sculpture 1990-2017

Exhibition Trivia

"PYXIDES"

Ilias Christopoulos, Manos Kalamenios

Archeological Museum of Messinia

From March to August 2020

Online @ Ceramics in Greece April to June 2020

 
 
Introduction
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Exhibition presentation from Dr. Eyangelia Militsi-Kechagia Archaeologist, Director of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Messenia 

 
In a Galnce
 
Foreword
Pyxides

Pyxides are very common ancient vessels, which were used as small containers of jewellery and other valuable objects or cosmetics and medicines. Excavations in various Messenian sites have brought to light pyxides dating from the Prehistoric to the Hellenistic times; these finds are nowadays exhibited in the museums and the archaeological collections of Messenia, while many of them are kept in the archaeological storerooms. 
Iias Christopoulos and Manos Kalamenios are two artists, who are inspired by ancient pyxides versions. Their proposal to organise an exhibition of their artworks in the Archaeological Museum of Messenia was eagerly accepted; this is a proposal meeting the objectives and priorities of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Messenia, which opens the museums and archaeological sites of its responsibility to the modern artistic expression. This way, modern artworks co-exist and interact with their ancient counterparts. The co-display of ancient and modern pyxides, supports this interaction and presents the evolution and function, as well as the decoration of these attractive ancient vessels. 
Many thanks to both artists, Elias Christopoulos and Manos Kalamenios for their fruitful cooperation, as well as to the archaeologists Mary Tsoulakou, Katerina Tzamourani and Alexandra Konstantinidou, the civil engineer Dimitra Pikoula, the conservators Thanos Katakos and Evgenia Spala, the graphic artist Tassos Papadogkonas the designer Vicky Andrianopoulou, the electrician George Papanikolaou and the craftsman Giannis Economopoulos who worked with enthusiasm and creativity on the exhibition.

Dr. Eyangelia Militsi-Kechagia

Archaeologist, Director of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Messenia 

 
Exhibits
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Manos Kalamenios: Pyxis 24 Cast porcelain | 1260C | 8 Χ 11cm

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Manos Kalamenios: Pyxis 24 Cast porcelain | 1260C | 8 Χ 11cm

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Ilias Christopoulos: Pyxis 5

Porcelain, thread. volcanic beads

1260C | 9 Χ 12cm 

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Manos Kalamenios: Pyxis 10 Cast porcelain, terra colors 1260C | 6 Χ 5cm

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Manos Kalamenios: Pyxis 10 Cast porcelain, terra colors 1260C | 6 Χ 5cm

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Manos Kalamenios: Pyxis 20

Cast porcelain, bronze, glass

1260C | 4.5 Χ 5cm 

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Manos Kalamenios: Pyxis 24 Cast porcelain | 1260C | 8 Χ 4cm

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Manos Kalamenios: Pyxis 24 Cast porcelain | 1260C | 8 Χ 4cm

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Terracotta two-handled pyxis, decorated with painted roaring lions and birds. Tholos tomb 1 in "Gouvalari", Koukounara. Archaic period (7th c. BC) (Pylos Archaeological Museum)

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Terracotta two-handled pyxis, decorated with painted roaring lions and birds. Tholos tomb 1 in "Gouvalari", Koukounara. Archaic period (7th c. BC) (Pylos Archaeological Museum)

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Terracotta cylindrical pyxis with a lid that is decorated with a portrait in relief, probably of the goddess Aphrodite. From ritual fires, near the group of tombs in "Tsopani Rahi", Tragana. Hellenistic period (2nd c. BC)

(Pylos Archaeological Museum) 

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Manos Kalamenios: Pyxis 12 Cast porcelain, terra color 1260C | 8 Χ 10.5cm

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Manos Kalamenios: Pyxis 12 Cast porcelain, terra color 1260C | 8 Χ 10.5cm

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Ilias Christopoulos: Pixys 6

Porcelain, elastic thread, coral beads

Thrown | 1260C

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Ilias Christopoulos: Pixys 2

Porcelain | Thrown

1260C | 8 Χ 10.5cm 

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Manos Kalamenios: Pyxis 8

Cast porcelain, glazing, steel

1260C | 8 Χ 3cm 

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Manos Kalamenios: Pyxis 11

Cast porcelain, terra color,

glass, bronze

1260C | 11 Χ 5cm 

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Manos Kalamenios: Pyxis 16

Cast porcelain, terra color

1260C | 6 Χ 16cm 

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Manos Kalamenios Cast porcelain, glass 1260C

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Ilias Christopoulos: Pixys 13

High temperature clay mix

Polished by pebble

Thrown | 1260C | 9 Χ 9cm

Manos Kalamenios: Pixys 1

Cast porcelain, bronze, glass, steel

1260C | 8 Χ 3cm 

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Manos Kalamenios: Pixys 2 Cast porcelain, bronze, glass, steel 1260C | 8 Χ 3cm

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Manos Kalamenios: Pixys 2 Cast porcelain, bronze, glass, steel 1260C | 8 Χ 3cm

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Ilias Christopoulos: Pixys 15

Glazed porcelain,

metallic thread,

coral beads

Thrown | 1260C

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Ilias Christopoulos: Pixys 13 Porcelain, elastic thread Wheel | 1260C | 9 Χ13cm

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Ilias Christopoulos: Pixys 13 Porcelain, elastic thread Wheel | 1260C | 9 Χ13cm

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Ilias Christopoulos: Pixys 11

Porcelain, black clay

Wheel | 1260C

Ivory pyxis in the form of a boat with a headfigure shaped as a goose's head. Tholos tomb in "Rahes", Antheia Mycenaean period (16th-15th c. BC) (Archaeological Museum of Messenia) 

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Terracotta pyxis with a flat lid and inherent three-handled alabastron at the interior. It is decorated with painted spirals. Tholos tomb in Vlachopoulo Mycenaean period (15th-12th c. BC) (Pylos Archaeological Museum) 

Manos Kalamenios Χυτή πορσελάνη, εφυαλωμένο ατσάλι | 1260C

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Manos Kalamenios Χυτή πορσελάνη, εφυαλωμένο ατσάλι | 1260C

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Ilias Christopoulos: Pixys 10 Porcelain, elastic thread, coral beads Wheel | 1260C

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Ilias Christopoulos: Pixys 10 Porcelain, elastic thread, coral beads Wheel | 1260C

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Ilias Christopoulos: Pixys 16

Glazed porcelain,

metallic thread, coral beads

Wheel | 1260C | 6 Χ 6 cm

Manos Kalamenios: Pixys 21 Cast porcelain, bronze, glass 1260C | 4 Χ 6cm

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Manos Kalamenios: Pixys 21 Cast porcelain, bronze, glass 1260C | 4 Χ 6cm

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Ilias Christopoulos: Pixys 9 Porcelain, elastic thread coral beads Wheel | 1260C | 12 Χ 11.5cm

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Ilias Christopoulos: Pixys 9 Porcelain, elastic thread coral beads Wheel | 1260C | 12 Χ 11.5cm

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Manos Kalamenios: Pixys 23 Cast porcelain, resin 1260C | 6 Χ 7cm

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Manos Kalamenios: Pixys 23 Cast porcelain, resin 1260C | 6 Χ 7cm

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Ilias Christopoulos: Pixys 4 Porcelain. thread Wheel | 1260C | 7.5 Χ 11 cm

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Ilias Christopoulos: Pixys 4 Porcelain. thread Wheel | 1260C | 7.5 Χ 11 cm

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Ilias Christopoulos: Pixys 1 Porcelain, thread Wheel | 1260C | 9 Χ 11 cm

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Ilias Christopoulos: Pixys 1 Porcelain, thread Wheel | 1260C | 9 Χ 11 cm

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Ilias Christopoulos: Pixys 8

Porcelain, black clay

Wheel| 1260C | 10 Χ 11cm

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Ilias Christopoulos: Pixys 7

Porcelain, elastic thread, 

coral beads

Wheel | 1260C

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Manos Kalamenios: Pixys 22

Cast porcelain, enamel

1260C | 6 Χ 5cm 

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Ilias Christopoulos: Pixys 12

Black clay

Polished by pebble

Τροχός | 1260C | 7 Χ 8cm

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Ilias Christopoulos: Pixys 13

Black clay

Polished by pebble

Wheel | 1260C | 12 Χ 14cm

Manos Kalamenios: Pixys 6 Cast porcelain, glazing 1260C | 8 Χ 3cm

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Manos Kalamenios: Pixys 6 Cast porcelain, glazing 1260C | 8 Χ 3cm

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Manos Kalamenios: Pixys 7 Cast porcelain, glazing 1260C | 8 Χ 3cm

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Manos Kalamenios: Pixys 7 Cast porcelain, glazing 1260C | 8 Χ 3cm

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pyxides

Black glazed pottery cylindrical pyxis with lid. Hellenistic period (3rd-2nd c. BC)

From a cemetery in ancient Messene at

"Agia Marina", Arsinoi.

(Archaeological Museum of Messenia) 

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Horse-lid of a terracotta pyxis. From a chamber tomb that was in use during the Geometric period in "Vathyrema", Karpofora. Geometric period (8th c. BC) (Archaeological Museum of Messenia) 

About the Artist
 

Ilias

Christopoulos

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He was born in Kalamata in 1976. He has attended ceramic lessons with Iro Myrto Maganari and Simon Hill. He is a member of the Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece, the International Academy of Ceramics and a founding member of the Group «Ceramists TracesD, which was founded in 2011, organizing exhibitions and other events (Archaeological Sites of Messenia, Delphes, Patras etc). He has co-operated with the municipal art workshops of Patras, Kalamata and Kyparissia and since 2011 teaches ceramics at the Artistic Haunt of Kalamata. Since 1998 he has participated to all National Artistic Ceramics Exhibitions and other exhibitions in Greece and has won many praises and awards. He has also participated in 13 International Competitional Exhibitions abroad, in a 4-people group exhibition in Paris and has had three personal ones in Greece. His works can be found in many private and public collections in Greece and abroad. References for his work have been published in Greek and foreign magazines (43LUED of Aegean Airlines, ,(La revue de la ceramique et du verreD). Additionally, he has co-written an article about byzantine ceramics (Evandros, in the memory of Dimitrios Polemis, Nikos Kontogiannis- 'has Christopoulos. «The clay of upper castle», an example of experimental archaeology at Andros, 2009). 

Manos

Kalamenios

Greek born and raised, and at the very young age of 15 followed the culinary route. 14 years later after reaching his ambition to work for Four Seasons hotels he decided to take life in his own hands. That was a turning point for his career. Since that day he reached beyond what he was ever dreaming of. What had started as a part time study in Art & Design lead up to be a first-class BA in Fine Arts with honours and graduate with an MA in Ceramics & Glass from the Royal College of Art in London. He had the privilege to exhibit within Europe and Asia at galleries and Biennale. Collaborated with various museums such as the museum of Cycladic art, Benaki museum and TATE Modern. 

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Contacts
 
Exhibition

Archeological Museum of Messinia

3 Ag. Ioannou Str,

Kalamata 241 00

Tel. +30 2721083485

Ilias Christopoulos

Kalami
Kalamata, 24100

+30 697 272 5077

iliaschristopoulos@hotmail.com

www.iliaschristopoulos.com/

Manos Kalamenios

Studio 0-002. Thames Side Studios Harrington Way London SE18 5NR

+44 (0) 7544 418180

manos@madebymanos.com

www.madebymanos.com