Piraeus

Thrilos 2001”

K. Sarantopoulos Flour Mills

In Greek, thrilos means “legendary” or “heroic.” Today, the epithet is often bestowed on star soccer teams and players by their fans. “Thrilos 2001,” sponsored by the Olympiakos soccer team and held in the warehouses of the K. Sarantopoulos flow mills, pairs high art with an apparently incompatible subject, the massively popular sport of soccer. Some of the artists took their cues from the game itself or from the red-and-white Olympiakos banner to create works specifically for this show; others, like Wim Delvoye, Yiannis Gaitis, Jeff Koons, and Yiannis Tsarouchis, were included because of their thematic references to sport generally. Notions of rivalry, competitiveness, and opposition were widely elaborated. For the overall installation as well, it appeared that curators Marina Fokidis and Alexandros J. Stanas employed a method one might call “competitive confrontation,” in which works

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