Papadimitriou Maria

Maria Papadimitriou is a Greek contemporary visual artist living and working between Athens and Volos, Greece.  She was born in 1957 in Athens, Greece. After graduating with an honours degree in painting from  the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (ENSBA), Paris, Papadimitriou began practicing as a visual artist in 1989. She uses the medium of sculpture, installation, public art, video and photography to realise her artworks.
In 2002 she represented Greece for the 25th edition of the São Paulo Biennial with the project T.A.M.A. (Temporary Autonomous Museum for All), an ongoing project still central to her artistic practice. She is the founder of the nonprofit association T.A.M.A. and the Art Canteen Souzy Tros. Since 2001 teaches at the department of Architecture at Thessaly University and now holds the title of  Professor of Visual Arts and Design. Issues of identity, social integration and exclusion are the recurring issues in her work. Her work has been presented in numerous shows internationally. In 2003 she won the DESTE prize for contemporary Greek art and ιn 2016 she was awarded with the rank of “Officier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques” by the French government.
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Selected Solo Exhibitions
2017 – 2020
 Victoria Square Project, Athens, Greece
LABORATORY ANTIGONE, Onassis Foundation, New York, USA
The riddle and the Sphinx, Libreria delle donne, Milan, Italy
News from Nowhere  ‘δ’ Gallery, Volos, Greece
A man from the South – Between two worlds, Cagliari Capitale Italiana della Cultura 2015 Ϲ.ARTE.Ͻ – Cavità Arte Contemporanea, Sardinia, Italy.
Why look at animals? AGRIMIKÁ, Greek Pavilion, 56th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy.
T.A.M.A. Superflow, Museum Alex Mylonas – Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art (MMCA), Athens, Greece.
Souzy Tros, Eleonas, Athens, Greece.
Souzy Tros, Eleonas, Athens, Greece.
Over! Leftover, Batycki Factory, Gdansk, Poland.
Souzy Tros, Eleonas, Athens, Greece.
T.A.M.A. The Roma Coat, Byzantine and Christian Museum of Athens, Athens,Greece.
Otel Nokul, Sinopale3 – International Sinop Biennial, Sinop, Turkey.
Hotel Balkan, Haifa Mediterranean Biennial, Haifa, Israel.
Infinito fa Rumore Eternità fa Silenzio, Mercato Coperto, Reggio Emilia, Italy.
The T.A.M.A. Party, a collaboration with the Roma community at Aliveri-Volos, Greece.
Corbu, Zina Athanassiadou Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece.
Sa Ma Khol Truck – a City Tour, Teseco Foundation, Pisa, Italy.
Novocomum on Wheels – Direct Architecture, Borgovico33, Como, Italy.
Hotel Plug Inn, 1ra Bienal de Arquitectura, Arte y Paisaje de Canarias, Lanzarote, Spain.
Two or Three Things I Know About Him, Riflemaker Gallery, London, United Kingdom.
Screening at the Kinitron Gas Station, National Road Larissa-Trikala, Larissa Contemporary Art Center, Greece.
We’ll Meet Again, Espacio Uno, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain.
Temporary Office – Poetica della mobilità, Olivetti Foundation, Rome, Italy.
Amphiareion 04 – Ilumina tus Sueños, Villa Olímpica, MM Proyectos, Rincón, Puerto Rico.
Images, Zina Athanassiadou Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece.
What Do We Really Remember, Ex-Convento Domenicani, Sternatia, Italy.
T.A.M.A. (Temporary Autonomous Museum for All), Official Greek Representative, 25th Biennial of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil.
Living Spaces III, FOKA Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece.
Living Spaces II, Eleni Koroneou Gallery, Athens, Greece.
Living Spaces I, Studio Barbieri, Venice, Italy.
Coming Soon, Courtesy Fac-Simile, Milan, Italy.
Love Stories, Eleni Koroneou Gallery, Athens, Greece.
Draft for Two Towers, ZM Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece.
Martin, Martin…, Eleni Koroneou Gallery, Athens, Greece.
Oral Exhibition, ARTI, Vol.17, November-December, Athens, Greece.
Project for Two Towers – the White Tower of Pisa and the Leaning Tower of Thessaloniki, White Tower of Thessaloniki, MMCA, Thessaloniki, Greece.
Small Roman Bridge, Desmos Art Gallery, Athens, Greece.

Selected Group Exhibitions
Emfylo – ποιείν to construct the Gender, Antonopoulou gallery, Athens, Greece
All that we have in common II, Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece
Geometries, Onassis foundation, Locus Athens, Greece
All that we have in common I, Museum of Contemporary Art Skopje, North Macedonia
ANTIDORON, documenta 14 Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany
Deste Prize, Cycladic Museum, Athens
Driftwood, or how we surfaced through currents, Exarcheia, Athens,
Entangled: Threads and Making,, Turner Contemporary,  Margate, United Kingdom
GR80s-Greece during 80s, Technopol
Hypnos Project, Onassis foundation, Athens
Fashion as a Social Energy, Palazzo Morando – Museo Moda e Immagine, Milan, Italy.
#On Food, Visible Office and Project Space, Galerie de l’erg, Brussels, Belgium.
Adhocracy, Onassis Cultural Center, Athens, Greece.
DESTEFASHIONCOLLECTION: 1 to 8, Benaki Museum, Pireos St. Annexe, Athens, Greece.
No Country for Young Men, BOZAR, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, Belgium.
The Desire for Freedom. Art in Europe since 1945: Beyond Boundaries, MMCA, Thessaloniki, Greece.
Everywhere but Now, 4th Thessaloniki Biennial of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece.
Expansion, Siemens Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey.
Plug_in Backstage 2003, Museum of Villa Croce, Genova, Italy.
The Great Eastern (After Andreas Embiricos), Lustlands II, Thermisia, Greece.
The System of Objects, DESTE Foundation, Athens, Greece.
Hell As Pavilion, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France.
The Mediterranean Approach, SESC Pinheiros, São Paulo, Brazil.
Fight-Specific Isola, Frigoriferi Milanesi, Milan, Italy.
Public Speech, Koroška Art Gallery, Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia.
A Gathering, MMCA, Thessaloniki, Greece.
Roma-Sinti-Kale-Manush, Autograph ABP, London, United Kingdom.
The Mediterranean Approach, Museum of Contemporary Art, Marseille, France.
Evil, La Galerie Utopia – The Forgotten Bar Project, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France.
The Mediterranean Approach, Palazzo Zenobio, collateral event,  54th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy.
Living – Frontiers of Architecture III, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark.
Ministry of Education Warning: Segregation Harms You and Others Around You, Nosticky Palace, Prague, Czech Republic.
Le Paris Bar à Paris, Suzanne Tarasieve, Loft 19, Paris, France.
Greek Art, Sem-Gallery, Monaco.
The Ark-old Seeds for New Cultures, Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece.
Monodrome, AB3 Athens Biennale, Diplareios School, Athens, Greece.
Aware – Art Fashion Identity, Royal Academy of Arts, London, United Kingdom.
The Ark-old Seeds for New Cultures, Participation at the Greek Pavilion, 12th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice Biennale, Italy.
Fabricators of the World. Scenarios of Self-Will, Schloss Trautenfels, Universalmuseum Joanneum,Trautenfels, Stainach-Pürgg,  Austria.
Mute Signs – Contemporary Approaches to (In)tolerance, Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Budapest, Hungary.
Mixed & Mastered: Greek Video Art from the 00s, Center for Visual Introspection, Bucharest, Romania.
Dwelling in Travel, Center for Contemporary Art, Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
The First Image – Sequences, MMCA, Thessaloniki, Greece.
The Spectacle of the Everyday, 10th Lyon Biennial, Lyon, France.
We Do It, Kunstraum Lakeside, Klagenfurt, Austria.
La Première Image, Centre Régional d’Art Contemporain Languedoc-Roussillon, Sète, France. Naughtiness, Beltsios Collection, Margaris Foundation, Amfilochia, Greece.
Amateur Bicyclism, ReMap2, Locus, Athens, Greece.
EU-Roma Dwelling, Autograph ABP, London, United Kingdom.
Common View, National Theater of Greece and National Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece.
A Dialogue Between Greek and Chinese Artists, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China.
Women Only, Beltsios Collection, Margaris Foundation, Amfilochia, Greece.
Ideal Homes, Casa del Lago, Mexico City, Mexico.
Sueño de Casa Propia, VIMCORSA, Córdoba, Spain.
Games Without Frontiers, Zoumboulakis Galleries, Athens, Greece.
Volksgarten: Politics of Belonging, Kunsthaus Graz, Graz, Austria.
Heterotopias, 1st Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, State Museum of Contemporary Art, Greece.
Sueño de Casa Propia, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain.
Habitation Variation, BAC – Bâtiment d’Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland.
Who’s There, MMCA, Thessaloniki, Greece.
Mapas, Cosmogonías e Puntos de Referencia, Centro Gallego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
Summer Cinema, Nice and Fit Gallery, Berlin, Germany.
Topos: Egonopoulos, MMCA, Thessaloniki, Greece.
Two or Three Things I Know about Him, Photosynkyria 19, International Festival of Photography, Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece.
Cities from Below, Teseco Foundation, Pisa, Italy.
L.I.G.H.T., 2nd Gwangju Design Biennal, South Korea.
Less: Alternative Living Strategies, PAC,Pavilion of Contemporary Art, Milan, Italy.
The Athens Effect, Mudima Foundation, Milan, Italy.
What Remains is Future, Old Arsakeion School, Patras, Greece.
The People’s Choice, Isola Art Center, Milan, Italy.
An Outing, Beltsios Collection, Matsopoulos Mill, Trikala, Greece.
Check-In Europe: Reflecting Identities in Contemporary Art, Munich, Germany.
EuroPart – New Contemporary Art from Europe, Rolling Billboard Project, Vienna, Austria Myths/AntiMyths, Forum Plus, Wroclaw, Poland.
The Gesture. A Visual Library in Progress, MMCA, Thessaloniki, Greece.
Going Public 05: Communities and Territories, Larissa Contemporary Art Center, Larissa, Greece.
Biennial on the Mediterranean Landscape, Pescara, Italy.
Mira Como se Mueven, Telefónica Foundation, Madrid, Spain.
Videokunst – Geist, Gemeinschaft und Tschai, Athens, Greece.
Staying or Leaving, Camera Austria, Kunsthaus, Graz, Austria.
Tribute to the Messenger, MM Proyectos, Rincón, Puerto Rico.
Bleiben Oder Gehen? Art Pavilion, Zagreb, Croatia.
Bodyworks, Nicosia Municipal Arts Center, Nicosia, Cyprus.
Breakthrough Greece 2004, Alcala 31, Madrid, Spain.
Paradigmata, participation at the Greek Pavilion, 9th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy.
Outlook, ASFA Factory, Athens, Greece.
In Den Schluchten des Balkan, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany.
Transformers, Bikinihaus, Berlin, Germany.
Dubrovnik: Here and Elsewhere, Umjetnicka Galerija, Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Going Public, Provincial Station of Modena, Modena, Italy.
DESTE PRIZE, DESTE Foundation, Athens, Greece.
The Pioneers, MMCA, Thessaloniki, Greece.
Manifesta 04, Frankfurt, Germany.
Fusion Cuisine, DESTE Foundation, Athens, Greece.
Balkania 2002, Neue Galerie, Graz, Austria.
4th Cetinje Biennial, Cetinje, Montenegro.
The Pioneers, Beltsios Collection, Kalambaka, Greece.
1st Tirana Biennial, Tirana, Albania.
Overexcited Body, SESC Pompeia, São Paulo, Brazil.
Thrillos 2001, Sylo Depot Sarantopoulos, Piraeus, Greece.
Body, Vafopoulio Cultural Center, Thessaloniki, Greece.
Kiss from Greece [3], Wohnmaschine, Berlin, Germany.
Europa Edition,  Säulenhalle des Parlaments, Vienna, Austria.
Playgrounds and Toys, Red Cross Museum, Geneva, Switzerland.
51st Premio Michetti, Europe-Different Perspectives on Painting, Museo Michetti, Francavilla al Mare, Italy.
P + P = D  Contemporary Greek Art: Desmos Gallery Archive, MMCA, Thessaloniki, Greece.
Kiss from Greece [2], Galerie Stalzer, Vienna, Austria.
Bloom Contemporary Art Garden, c/o Lolmocolmo, Brescia, Italy.
Europa Edition, Portfolio Kunst AG, Vienna, Austria.
Cosmotel A3 Presents: the Artist’s Ideal House, FOKA Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece.
Objecthood, Hellenic American Union, Athens, Greece.
Kiss from Greece [1], N.O.M.A.D.E., Paris, France.
XxYxZ The End of the Line, Unlimited Gallery, Athens, Greece.
Image and Icon, MMCA, Thessaloniki, Greece.
FotoMässan, Göteborg, Sweden.
The Painter Till Eulenspiegel, FOKA Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece.
Loops, Soap Factory, Athens, Greece.
Group Show, Wigmore Fine Arts, London, United Kingdom.
Spring Collection, DESTE Foundation, House of Cyprus,, Athens, Greece.
Video1: Nuovi Tempi nel Video, Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Italy.
Garbage, Larissa Contemporary Art Center, Larissa, Greece.
Greek Realities, Galerie im Marstall, Berlin, Germany.
Push Ups, Factory, Athens, Greece.
Mito, Operat ’95, Ex-Fornace Adriatica, Russi, Ravenna, Italy.
Techne & Metis, Gate of Famagusta, Nicosia, Cyprus.
Ritratto & Autoritratto, Flash Art Museum, Trevi, Italy.
The Wall, Sotheby’s, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Made in Bo, Ars Lux, billboard project, Torino, Napoli, Florence, Roma, Naples, Palermo, Italy.
Group Exhibition, Eleni Koroneou Gallery, Athens, Greece.
Fragile, Austrian Hungarian Market, Crema, Italy.
4th Biennal of New Art, Zielona Gura, Poland.
Hond & Hamer, Daglicht & de Fabriek, Eindhoven, Netherlands.
D.O. presents Entartete Kunst, Via Farini, Milan, Italy
Special Lighting, Kanavourgio, Edessa, Greece
Biennale d’ Alexandrie, Alexandria, Egypt
Assault on the Senses, DESTE Foundation, House of Cyprus, Athens, Greece
Real Time – Storytelling, festival for video, installation and performance, Spot, Gdansk, Konin, Poland

Personal bibliography
Maria Papadimitriou, Situations, Co-existences, Commons, edited by P. Tan (Barcelona; dpr-barcelona, to be publish in 6 month )
Maria Papadimitriou, Why look at animals? AGRIMIKA, edited by the artist and Theofilos Tramboulis, (Milan; Postmedia Books, 2015)
Maria Papadimitriou, Free Hotels, edited by the artist, (Milan; Postmedia Books, 2014)
Maria Papadimitriou, ΦIRMA GYPSY GLOBALES, edited by the artist (Athens; The DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, 2014)
Maria Papadimitriou, We’ll Meet Again, edited by the artist (Madrid; Ministerio de Educacion, Cultura y Deporte / Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, 2004)
Maria Papadimitriou, T.A.M.A., edited by E. Strousa (Athens; Futura, 2002)
Maria Papadimitriou, Living Spaces (perhaps the furniture we need does not exist), edited by the artist (Syros Island; Municipality of Ermoupolis, 1996)
Maria Papadimitriou, Dear Dr Joseph Kosuth, edited by the artist (Thessaloniki; Foka Gallery, 1996)
Maria Papadimitriou, Project For Two Towers: The White Tower Of Pisa and The Leaning Tower of Thessaloniki, edited by C. Cafopoulos (Thessaloniki; Ministry of Culture / Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, 1992)

Last modified: 27/02/2020