130 years since the birth of Kyveli Adrianou (1888-2018)

On May 9th, (Europe Day), our Institute presented a wall painting that street artist Paris Xyntarianos Tsiropinas was commissioned for. This “walk in a fresco” celebrates 130 years since the birth of Kyveli Adrianou (1888-2018). It includes prominent personalities of culture – some of which were either born on the island of Syros or were directly related to it : Dimitris Vikelas, Kostis Bastias, Dimitris Myrat, Kyveli Theochari, Mitsos Myrat, Kyveli Adrianou, Georgios Papandreou, Marika Kotopouli, Konstantinos Christomanos, Aliki Paul Nor, Miranda Myrat and Luigi Pirandello. It is visible to passers-by through the Spartiaton Street gate.

The actor is an unsettled and unruly spirit. His instrument is his body. His voice comes from within and the words he speaks belong to others. Words of prose or words of poetry, words of free thought. Words that must reach as far as the gallery, as far as the last ear.
This year we celebrate one hundred and thirty years since the birth of the great Kyveli, since the beginning of neo-greek theater. We honor the actors, all of them, for their momentary existence on the stage.
In the mural that envelops us Paris Xyntarianos Tsiropinas has captured scenes and faces. With a stroke of his brush he has exchanged their imprint on time with his imprint of colour and the triumphs of their era with this radical form of Street Art. From the dystopia of the mural, Kyveli looks on to him. She is contemplating how the ephemeral art of the theater can instantaneously become a painted representation. She applauds. She mutters a flattering comment, a comment of gratitude for the cultural surroundings of the past, of which we are now a part of. Welcome!