Maria Callas Returns to Lisbon Through Nikos Floros’ Exhibition

Maria Callas – MEDEA

The Hellenic spirit, history and imagination were clearly evident in the exhibition of sculptured works of art by Nikos Floros at the historical building of the Geographical Society of Lisbon (in Sala Portugal), which comprises the Ethnographic and Historical Museum of the Discoveries of Portugal. Nikos Floros remarked that the works exhibited during the 40th anniversary of the death of “La Divina” Maria Callas, were inspired by the celebrated soprano’s role of Medea, one of the oldest myths of a hero’s quest.

Nikos Floros chose to focus on Maria Callas’ emblematic role of Medea – which the great artist interpreted in an inimitable way – and the Argonauts, to show the connection with the Portuguese explorers who, like other Argonauts, tame the waves in search of new and distant destinations. With this magnificent exhibition, Maria Callas returns to Lisbon, 59 years after her presentation at the National Theater of São Carlos, in March 1958.

The exhibition opened on Thursday, November 30th, 2017 at 17:00 and was held under the auspices of the Lisbon Geographical Society, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Portugal, HRH Dom Miguel of Bragança Prince of Portugal and Duke of Viseu, the Portuguese Academy of Letters & Arts, The Ministry of Culture of the Hellenic Republic, the Embassy of Greece to Portugal, the Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO. Τhe Prefecture of Peloponnese has also been a major Supporter of Nikos Floros and his work inspired by Maria Callas, both of whom were natives the Peloponnese.

Nikos Floros, an internationally recognized artist, educated at the École des Beaux Arts of Paris, France, utilizes materials from our everyday life, which he transforms into magnificent, original works of art. His unique sculptural mosaics and forms, produce a transcendent, ecstatic connection to the human psyche, something that the artist seeks to evoke. Through his artwork, Nikos Floros has combined elements to make an alternate perception: Utilizing a very modern medium, aluminum, along with a contemporary and powerful brand, Coca-Cola, he has weaved a new form of “fabric” and mosaic, in order to create unique and original sculptural costumes, and haunting mosaic portraits that evoke the…

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