Summer is here and our minds are filled with evocative images of sunny skies, blue seas and whitewashed, bougainvillea-shaded buildings lining cobblestoned streets. If you're thinking that this describes the bright, Cycladic island of Mykonos, well then… you're right!
From July 1st to September 1st 2017, the upscale, multi-brand store, Enny Monaco, is expanding its regular presence on the island with a Pop-Up Concept Store in the Matoyiannia neighborhood's neoclassical, Venieri Mansion (the Enny Monaco store at Tria Pigadia will be operating regularly). This will be the first time in nearly a century that the mansion will be opened to the public and its usually belle époque-era interiors shall be transformed with enviable Deloudis furniture for the duration of the event under the creative direction of Greek interior designer Marilyn Katsaris. An event Yatzer is a part of!
Yatzer’s creative director Costas Voyatzis, is curating an art exhibition at the Pop-Up, "Today You Are in Paradise With Me," and is bringing together an intoxicating array of Greek and International artists to enthuse Mykonos' worldly crowd of visitors and to complement the shifting array of designer fashions (such as Mary Katrantzou, Aquazzura, Jonathan Simkhai, Christian Louboutin) that will be sold in succession in the concept Pop-Up.
The art is an homage to the utopian concept of "Paradise," a celebratory destination that merges the celestial and the terrestrial, where tropical colors explode into an array of energy and there is no distinction between races and borders, between the tangible and the intangible. Each artist has thus been chosen because they represent a part or the whole of the paradisiacal concept.
American artist, Caroline Larsen, (courtesy of Dio Horia Gallery and the artist) brings colors, textures and patterns to life evoking "a celebratory tropical frenzy." Meanwhile, the tropical-imbued prints of artist, Philippos Theodorides' illustrations also evoke the same tropical thought origins. Versaweiss' innovative prints of enormous tropical birds poking out of black and white landscapes, as well as their pin-up palm tree girls (all courtesy of CAN Christina Androulidaki gallery and the artists) seem to bridge the earthly with the extraordinary. On the other hand, George Vaviloussakis' acrylic on canvas paintings don't need any "rose colored glasses" to be idealized, and photographer Yiorgos Kordakis' seascape photo illustrates a familiar version of summertime. On the other side of the spectrum, the embroidered art collaboration of photographer Vangelis Kyris and Anatoli Georgiev celebrates the twelve inhabitants of paradise according to ancient Greek lore; the anthropomorphized beauty of the natural elements; as well as the strength and identity of indigenous peoples from around the world. Jeff Koons-inspired resin Balloon Dog sculptures (courtesy of Mamush Gallery) bring a glamorously animated flare to the idealized form of "Man's Best Friend" and seem to prove an animal lovers belief that our furry friends represent the goodness of a little bit of "heaven on earth."
So, if you're also dreaming of a summer paradise escape, come join us on Mykonos at the Enny Monaco Pop-Up Store till September 1st 2017.