2023 Eleusis European Capital of Culture turns the city of Elefsina into an expanded visual arts scene with five exhibitions and art installations with free admission: Mystery 44 Heiner Goebbels 7 Columns and Mystery 17 Melina, under the general supervision of Manuela Pavlidou and the general curation of Nikolaos Kaltsas, in the renovated Warehouses 2 & 3 respectively of the Old Oil Mill, Mystery 177 Visions from the Underworld, a group exhibition curated by Agprognostic Temple (Dome Wood & Sam Steverlynck) at X – Bowling Art Center, Inventory II by Vassilis Gerodimos and Tzeni Argyriou on the city’s coastal front, as well as Mystery 29 Elefsina – Raw Museum, the exhibition – ode to the city of Elefsina in the renovated Old Town Hall curated by Erato Koutsoudakis.
ΜYSTERY 44 HEINER GOEBBELS 7 COLUMNS
With great respect for its post-industrial history, its architecture, and its generous aesthetic, artist and composer Heiner Goebbels transforms with Mystery 44 Heiner Goebbels 7 Columns the spacious warehouse of the Old Oil Mill Factory, utilising the elements of light, projection, water, and sound to turn it into a kind of Telesterion: a secular initiation hall, openly inviting the public to discover – without hierarchy – the eloquent surfaces of the stones, the surprising reflections on the walls and ceiling, and moving images in which a group of performers are seen (literally) pulling relics of European history out from the arsenal of the past.
ΜYSTERY 17 ΜΕLINA
The Mystery 17 Melina is hosted in Warehouse 3 of the Old Olive Tree, under the general supervision of Manuela Pavlidou, the general curation and museological and museographic study of Nikolaos Kaltsas. A rare exhibition about the life work of the multifaceted personality of Melina Merkouri, the longest-serving Greek Minister of Culture to date.
ΜYSTERY 177 VISIONS FROM THE UNDERWORLD
The group exhibition Mystery 177 Visions from the Underworld, curated by The Agprognostic Temple (Dome Wood & Sam Steverlynck), borrowing elements from the Eleusinian Mysteries, taking the myth and the secret cult around it as a starting point and way of navigating between parallel universes. It seeks to show the Mysteries’ current-day relevance while opening them up to different voices in a language for the 21st century.