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16 October 2011 / 20:10:59  GRReporter
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Thanks to this great exhibition-tribute, viewers will have the chance to relive the charm of the smart, sensitive, cheeky and always sad image of the legendary Charlie.

The tribute to the famous actor, screenwriter, director and composer, includes an exhibition, presented in the Black Duck gallery, of clothes and accessories inspired by that era, as well as daily screenings of his films, and a collector's edition of "Alternate Track", including 36 of the best moments of Charlie Chaplin in a set of 10 DVDs: Charlie Chaplin as a drunkard or a dreamer or whatever else you can imagine, with his innocent look, clumsy play with his cane and his naivety.

In particular, the commitment includes films of Charlie Chaplin from noon until evening in the bar of Black Duck, an exhibition, in the gallery, of clothing and accessories from the period between the two world wars, an exhibition of photographs of Charlie Chaplin in the premises of Black Duck, live music with improvisation by prominent musicians who will play solos, duets and trios during the screenings.

Finally, musical tributes from DJs are planned, related to the era of the famous actor (Scott Joplin, Duke Ellington, Glen Miller, Dixieland period, Art Tatum), as well as Chaplin's own compositions, which will accompany the films.

A few words about Charlie Chaplin

Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin Junior was born on 16th April, 1889 and died on 25th December, 1977. He was the first globally recognized face of the art of cinema, better known by the diminutive name Charlie, and in Greece by the nickname Sharlo (tragicomic image with baggy trousers, short moustache, worn-out shoes and the typical cane, an image created by himself and used in a number of small silent comedies in the period 1912-1918).

He himself not only plays the leading role, but is also screenwriter, director and composer for his films. World recognition came after his feature films "Modern Times", "The Great Dictator", "City Lights," "Monsieur Verdun", "The Kid" and others which placed him among the most significant artists of the cinema.

In 1952, at the height of the Cold War and the blacklist, he fell into disgrace because of his leftist political beliefs. On his way to London he learned about the decision of the U.S. Department of Justice to withdraw his visa and therefore his right of return, after which he remained permanently in Europe and particularly in Vevey, Switzerland, where he would die on 25th December, 1977.

While in Europe he travelled to America only once, in 1972, to receive a special honorary award, "Oscar", for his contribution to the cinema, during which ceremony the people present also rewarded him with the longest applause in the history of the awards. The American Institute of Cinematography ranked him 10th in the list of the 25 greatest stars of all times.

Additional information: Black Duck Multiplarte, 9a Christou Lada St., tel: (+ 30) 210 3234760, www.blackduck.gr. The exhibition will run until 27th October.

Exhibition at The Art Foundation

The Art Foundation, true to its mission to promote dialogue between artists, critics and audiences, has organized, in cooperation with the Embassy of Spain and the Institute "Cervantes", a group exhibition dedicated to the latest trends in contemporary Spanish art. This original exhibition entitled "Fish and the guest" can be seen until 6th November.

The nine artists of the exhibition are alumni of the School of Fine Arts in Granada, from where some of the most prominent Andalusian artists have graduated. Each artist has arranged one of the nine rooms of the exhibition area, without however imposing any specific topic. As the curator of the exhibition Pablo Bertha explained, "this is about introducing the art projects of a group of artists who attended the same university centre and whose only common feature is the quality of their work."

Although most of the artists work with paintings, some of them have chosen to make use of video installation with the promise for a greater variety of techniques in the future.

In this way visitors of the exhibition will be able to get a feel for the contemporary artistic reality in Spain through the works of Angela Agrela, Pablo Capitan, Paloma Gamez, Μarisa Mancilla, Joaquin Pena Toro, Jose Pinar, Μiguel Ángel Tornero, Αlejandro del Valle and Santiago Ydanez.

Additional information: The Art Foundation, 5, Normanou St., Metro station "Μonastiraki", tel: (+ 30) 210 3238757, www.theartfoundation.gr.

The exhibition will continue until 6th November. Opening hours - Monday-Saturday from 1 p.m. to 12 a.m., Sunday - from 1 p.m. to 12 a.m. 

Tags: exhibition tribute Charlie Chaplin Black Duck The Art Foundation Spanish artists
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