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Greek God Apollo Shines Over Hydra

Greek God Apollo Shines Over Hydra

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High above the sun-baked Greek island of Hydra, the Greek God Apollo presides, his face shining a warm welcome to those entering the island’s horseshoe-shaped port, fringed perfectly with its symmetry of mansions and stone walls.

Fittingly shaped as a giant golden sun, the 9.1 metre wide ‘Apollo Wind Spinner’ that bears the face of the Greek God is just one of artist Jeff Kloon’s newest pieces on display in an exhibition on the Saronic Isle proudly presented by the DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art.

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Widely considered one of the most beautiful islands in Greece, Hydra has long been a haven and source of inspiration for international painters, musicians, writers, bohemian poets, and artists.

It was on this stunning slice of island paradise that free-spirited creatives such as Leonard Cohen, Marianne Ihlen, George Johnston, Charmian Clift, Peter Finch and Sidney Nolan found solace in the 1960s – and not much has changed since.

Over twenty years after his last solo exhibition in Greece ‘Jeff Koons: Apollo’ is on view at DESTE’s Project Space at the old Slaughterhouse in Hydra from June 21 to October 31, 2022.

DESTE introduces the exhibition as an installation presenting new sculptures by Kloons, complimented by readymade objects selected by the artist “to engage the viewer in a metaphysical dialogue between the contemporary and ancient.”

The exhibition has been installed at the Slaughterhouse – DESTE’s Project Space in Hydra, which was granted to the foundation by the Municipality of the Island of Hydra to serve as a unique exhibition space. Following its restoration and renovation, the DESTE Project Space Slaughterhouse has hosted a series of contemporary art exhibitions on the islands each summer since 2009.

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