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Vlassis Caniaris, Interieur, 1974, mixed media, 6' 6“ × 17' × 4' 7”.

Vlassis Caniaris

Kadel Willborn

Vlassis Caniaris, Interieur, 1974, mixed media, 6' 6“ × 17' × 4' 7”.

Vlassis Caniaris was insider and outsider, observer and participant, artist and citizen, all at once: a humanist who grasped the world in all its nuances and complexities. This sensibility is most evident in his “Gastarbeiter-Fremdarbeiter” (Emigrants) series, 1971–76, first presented in 1975 while the Greek-born artist was in Germany on a German Academic Exchange Service scholarship. Empathizing with the experience of itinerants came easily to Caniaris: He left Greece in 1956 and moved from Rome to Paris to Berlin before returning to Athens nineteen years later. During his years abroad, he produced installations such as the 1974 Interieur, reinstalled in Düsseldorf for this show: The work is an assemblage representing a migrant’s home that positions the viewer on the edge of a fragmentary scene. At once minimal and cluttered, the set is tied together by a color scheme of green,

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