Crises & Paganism

21-23 June 2013


The theme of the 2013 Mykonos Biennale is a parody of the Crisis Industry’s choice of Greece as a main protagonist in their current financial disaster scenario. The Crisis punishes in an exemplary way paganistic Greece, who is idly dancing and drinking as the “southern latino lover”, the grasshopper of Aesop’s story. Greece as the juvenile Pinocchio is persuaded by the cat and the fox, the northern rich buddies, to sell his books to join their party while the old Geppetto must sell his coat to pay the bills. With the broken Geppettos, the uprooted forests of Chalkidiki, the blackened valleys of solar panels, Greece is depressed and bullied by the global media. “Idleness is the mother of evil” and Greece is unemployed. 17 million tourists want to see her swim, sing and dance because, oh what a coincidence! It’s summer, Adonis with Persephone are back on earth feasting together with the guitar playing grasshopper. Is belly dancing considered a legitimate job? And if yes, when do the people qualify for their pension? Is retirement obligatory? Can the hungry bear cubs dance? Can old men dance? Was the empress Theodora the daughter of a bear tamer? Was emperor Justinian the nephew of an Albanian immigrant? What connects Europe with the Holy Alliance? Has the age of the empire returned? If money is the Crisis and Nature is paganism, is this relationship an oxymoron? As both Annas in Brecht’s Seven Deadly Sins, the role of morality change at the beat of global hypocrisy. As the birds sing, the waves unravel and Pinocchio’s fairy is disguised as Art and wrestles with Aladdin’s genie and the three consumer wishes. To be continued in alternative Mykonos where the renowned nudist emperor will visit with his new clothes.


The venues of the Mykonos Biennale are located in many strategic points to initiate the visitor into the cultural inheritance of the island. The contemporary and international art works will blend with traditional culture in a haunted dialog hosted by the ghost of the past creating together Historical Time.

Town Hall (The Russian House)

Then the art installation Rendez-vous was presented, followed by the Flower Project Part 2 by the «Flower Girls» Anna Pangalou sing the aria John Cage from the main balcony of Town Hall.

Old Port

The Sylvia Macci dance group presented "Yaloudes" a work inspired by Mykonian sea ghosts.

The Windmills

Nobuhiro Ishihara - Installation: Dragon is reborn as a Cetus κητος from the Japanese to the Greek mythology. Lucas Samaras - Video installation in the windmill.

The Archeological Museum

Takis & Lydia Venieri

Big White Gallery

Yiannis Gazetopoulos, Alexis Fidetzis, Olga Goulandris, Patrick Swirc, Robert Flynt, Lydia Andrioti, Lydia Venieri, Christos Markogiannakis, Antonis Volanakis,Theodoulos Gregoriou, Fotis Sagona, Thomas Stavropoulos.


Alternative Baptism, a performance by Lydia Venieri and Adonis Volanakis accompanied by the music of Dimitris Vassilakis and the Sylvia Macci Dance Group. Lydia Venieri performed Words about Women by Betty Tompkins.

The Folklore Museum (The house of the Pirate Mermelakas)

Pato Hebert, Aleta Lee, John Henry, Dean Monogenis, Camila Santin.

Kouseyares church

Shashpour Pouyan & Pedro Tyler.

Lena's House

Andonis Volanakis, Pepa Prieto, Anita King, Manos Pontikakis, Rafaele Shirley.

School of Fine Arts

Works by Liana Anastasiadis, Lydia Andrioti, Panagiota Apostolopoulos, Leonidas Chalepas, Mark Hadjipateras, Marie Jacotey, Anita King, Esther Lemi, Christos Markogiannakis, Maria Nymfiadi, Costas Picadas, Fotis Sagonas, Cam Santin, Katerina Skassi, Alice Skoulikidis, Lydia Venieri, Iria Vrettos, Tassos Vrettos, Cindy Tower. The festivals inauguration ceremony was opened by the children's choir of the Music School "George Axiotis," conducted by Tina Psalida.

Venieri Mansion, Matoyanis, Mykonos Town

Anna Pangalos, Antonis Volanakis and Din Heagney perfom the poetry of Kurt Schwitters, Henry Miller and John Ashbery respectively.

Venieri House, Ano Mera

The Mystic Party with music by MICHALIS KOUNENIS and LEFTERIS SIKINIOTIS, and dance performances: The Last Supper by Lydia Venieri performed by the THE DANCE GROUP OF SYLVIA MACCI and Manage á Trois performed by Andonis V olonakis and the Flower Girls.

Municipal Gallery

Delos Revisited -A mosaic workshop for children was held by Irini Sirianou.

The Organic Vinyards of Paraportianos

Among the ancient vines of his organic vineyard, Paraportiani, Mr Nikos Asimomytis hosted a Dionysian feast for biennale. Dimitris Vassilakis his music for the ancient vines.

Cine Mando (Open air Cinema)

The Mykonos Biennale Art Video Film Festival.

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Nikos Alexiou
Liana Anastasiadi
Lydia Andrioti
Stephen Antonakos
Panagiota Apostolopoulou
Avgi-Maria Atmatzidou
Jan Baracz
Pierrot Carillero
Leonidas Chalepas
Manolis Charos
Stanislav Chertenkov
Kristina Colovic
Lydia Dambassina
Venia Dimitrakopoulou
Alexis Fidetzis
Karen Finley
Robert Flynt
Yannis Gazetopoulos
Peter Gerakaris
Giullia Ghiani
Theodoulos Gregoriou
Dimosthenis Grivas
Rosalinda Gonzalez
Shalom Gorewitz
Olga Goulandris
Mark Hadjipateras &
Christina Katsari
Gregory de la Haba
Heide Hatry
Pato Hebert
Jon Henry
Gary Indiana
Nobuhiro Ishihara
Marie Voyatzis Jacotey
Brad Kahlhamer
Jason Karaindros
Danai Katopodi
Anita King
Andonis Kioukas
Dimitra Kondilatou
Panos Kouros
Tao Kulczycki
Nicaella Kallimenopoulos
Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos
Harris Kondosphyris
Panos Kostouros
Tyrone Lebon
Aleta Lee
Esthir Lemi
Colette Lumiere
Christos Markogiannakis
Silvia Macci and Synergy of art
Marjan Moghaddam
Dean Monogenis
Trine Nedreas
Melina Nicolaides
Maria Nymfiadi
Aga Ousseinov
Anna Pagalou
Maria Papadimitriou
Richard Pasquarelli
Ben Patton
Katie Peyton
Kostas Picadas
Mano Pontikakis
Shashpour Pouyan
Pepa Prieto
Marianna Sangita Røe
Mary Reid Kelly
Konstantinos Rigos
Alfredo Romano
Fotis Sagonas
Lucas Samaras
Camila Santin
Katerina Skassi
Aliki Skoulikidi
Thomas Stavropoulos
Patrick Swirc
Raphaele Shirley
Philip Tsiaras
Betty Tompkins
Cindy Tower
trapέζῆν collective
George Tsokopoulos
Pedro Tyler
Dimitris Vassilakis
George Vdokakis
Lydia Venieri
Theodoras Vogiatzidis
Adonis Volanakis
Iria Vrettou
Tassos Vrettos
Lee Wells
Alison Williams
Phyllis Yampolsky
Theodoros Zafeiropoulos
Manolis Zaharioudakis
O Zhang
Agni Zotis
Vanessa Zouganeli