RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION OF THE INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED ARTIST NIKOS FLOROS IN MOSCOW
In September 2013 the Tsaritsyno State Museum and Reserve in Moscow will host the major retrospective exhibition of the internationally recognized sculptor of Hellenic descent, Nikos Floros. Exhibited in the Grand Palace, the artist will present his unique sculptural costumes created using from recycled aluminum. This original method was created and patented by Nikos Floros in 2003. Commenting on his artwork, Nikos Floros said: “I wanted to do something with consumable products, because I believe our modern temples today are supermarkets and malls, where you feel you exist, in other words, “I consume therefore I exist”
The opening reception will be held on September 5, 2013 and the exhibition will be open to the public until March 2, 2014.
The sculptural costumes of the exhibition “Tribute to Maria Callas and Grace Kelly” are artistic creations created from recycled aluminum cans and are characterized as surrealistic pop-art and are unique, original creations which have been exhibited around the world including Monte Carlo, Monaco under the auspices of HSH Prince Albert of Monaco, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC, Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Club in New York City, among many others. His sculptural costumes are in museums and private collections around the world.
Nikos Floros’ artwork has been described as surrealist pop art. He utilizes materials from our everyday lives which he transforms into magnificent original works of art. A major inspiration for him has been the lives of extraordinary women such as Queen Elizabeth I, Katherine the Great, Maria Callas and Grace Kelly. These women themselves have been transformative figures who have inspired many others. Nikos Floros has been inspired by them and created moving tributes to their art, their lives, their spirits and their legacies.
Nikos Floros was recognized for his talent and originality early in his career. One of his first sculptural costumes, “Silver Elizabeth I” received the first prize at the Young Friends Heritage Society in New York City. Following that, in 2003, he took part in «Save Venice Benefit Gala”, in New York, presenting two costumes, “Gold Elizabeth Coronation” and “Black Marie de Medici”. The following year at the same event, he presented “Red Elizabeth”, created from 2,004 Coca Cola cans knitted into fabric and was awarded the first prize which was presented by Harold Koda, curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Αrt Costume Institute.
This was followed by an incredible burst of creativity culminating in Nikos Floros moving tribute to Maria Callas on the 30th anniversary of her death. One of the major highlights of his career, this collection included 14 major sculptural costumes evoking the passionate spirit of La Divina. The red Tosca, the green Rosina (from the Barber of Seville), the multicolored Madama Butterfly, were just a few examples of these shimmering flowing sculptures inspired by the costumes worn by this great opera diva during her illustrious career. After their initial exhibition in Athens in 2007, during the special tribute to Maria Callas, they travelled to Thessaloniki as part of the annual Dimitria Cultural Festival. Among others, this collection has graced the majestic halls of Hofbug Palace, and the Opernhause in Vienna, Austria as well as the Palace of the Grand Master in Rhodes, Greece. Presently, Nikos Floros was invited by the Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Italy to present a solo exhibition commemorating their 250th anniversary. The artwork of two creative and talented Hellenes have been presented at this, one of the oldest and most distinguished opera houses in the world, Maria Callas and Nikos Floros.
Continuing his work inspired by extraordinary women, Nikos Floros was invited for a solo exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts with his special tribute to Princess Grace of Monaco on the 30th anniversary of her untimely death. The centerpiece and highlight of this exhibit was a spectacular sculpture inspired by the beautiful wedding dress worn by Grace Kelly for her fairy tale wedding to Prince Rainer of Monaco. This exhibition was later presented in Monte Carlo, Monaco during the international event, Grace: Symbol of Change, followed by a solo exhibition at the Metropole Palace.
Nikos Floros’ work has received worldwide recognition and has been covered by major news services such as Reuters, BBC, Sky News, ABC News, New York Times, Vogue, W, Associated Press, Fashion TV and many other news and television channels throughout the world.
Nikos Floros was recognized for his contributions to the arts and was awarded the Golden medal of Arts and Sciences, Albert Schweitzer Foundation in Vienna, Austria 2011
The Gold Sponsor of this event is the Hellenic Brewery FIX Hellas which is celebrating its 150th year anniversary. The artist, Nikos Floros, has created a sculpture specifically commemorating this anniversary. The sculptural costume “Violetta” inspired by the opera diva Maria Callas will be presented for the first time at this exhibition’s opening reception on September 5th.
During this very difficult period of time for Greece, art can be a true and shining example of the Hellenic spirit and culture projected around the world through the work of artists such as Nikos Floros who can serve as the best and most appropriate international “ambassadors” of Hellenism. “My art and this exhibition can be a bridge between the cultures of Russia and Hellas,” stated the Mr. Floros.
The exhibition is under the auspices of the Hellenic Republic Ministry of Culture and Athletics, the Hellenic Republic Ministry of Tourism and with the support of the Embassy of Greece in Moscow as well as the Hellenic Cultural Center of Moscow.
The exhibition will also travel to the Museum of the Academy of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg where it will be on display for one month beginning March 6, 2014.
Curators of the Exhibition are:
Photos by Ilias Diamantakos, Sissi Morfi
Nikos Floros was born in Hellas. He grew up in Athens and has lived and worked in several major cities around the world. He studied at the School of Fine Arts (Ecole des Beaux Arts) in Paris as well as classical piano and classical theater in Greece
Nikos Floros’ is an award-winning, extremely prolific and creative artist who has gained worldwide recognition for his artwork. His sculptures are unique and original designs utilizing recycled materials such as aluminum cans which he transforms into fabric-like material used to create unique sculptural costumes. This method was created and patented by Nikos Floros in 2003.