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“Together they come” An art exhibition by Irene Linardaki at the Consulate General of Greece in New York

Friday, 08 June 2018

It is hard to find an artist who is untouched by the human struggle to balance joy and sorrow. The same is true for the Greek painter Irene Linardaki, whose works are hosted at the Consulate General of Greece in New York, as part of an exhibition entitled "Together They Come", which opened on May 25, 2018.

The exhibition was inaugurated by the Consul General of Greece in New York and it was attended by the friends of the Consulate who honored the work of the artist in her first exhibition with the Greek Consulate. Dancers Caroline Dartey and Shani Ha graced the event with their dancing act.

As the title of the exhibition implies, the feelings of joy and sorrow come together and are intertwined. The artist's starting point and source of inspiration is Caspar David Friedrich's painting "The Wreck of Hope". The words of the poet and thinker Kahlil Gibran from his collection ‘the Prophet’ are equally revealing: "Some of you say, ‘Joy is greater than sorrow’, and others say, ‘Nay, sorrow is the greater’. But I say unto you, they are inseparable. Together they come, and when one sits alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.”

Irene Linardaki was born in Greece and studied in France. Her works have been exhibited at the Boijmans Museum in Rotterdam, the Onassis Cultural Center in Athens, the Salon de Montrouge in Paris, as well as in Freiburg, Geneva, Hamburg and New York. Recently, she partnered with the City of New York (D.O.T., NYC Mayor’s office for climate change and Parks Department) in several public art projects that are visible throughout the city of New York.

The exhibition "Together they come" runs through August 31, 2018.