Maria Ikonomopoulou

Maria Ikonomopoulou, “Zero – Britannic Bold”

Maria Ikonomopoulou


„My work blends photography and handwritten texts with a range of techniques related to Folk Arts, like embroidery and paper cut outs. The use of traditional techniques does connect with the fundamental questioning of the balance between the collective and the individual that my work is about. The Crafts are made by traditional rules, but there creators have, though staying anonymous, always displayed a personal touch within those rules. 
Characteristic for my commissioned work is the participation of many people in the process. A growing collection of first names, based on my fascination that we wear common names though we are unique beings, has also been used in studio work like photographs and an installation ‘You and Me’ The project ‘Growing Care’ observes the edges of public space. In various cities I photograph wall gardens and flowerbeds that are individually take cre of and donated to the public space. These documents are then transformed into installations called ‘City Flowers’. 
Interventions are short actions in which handmade objects are situated in public space and are given away to (or taken by) people. 
The interaction between the works for public space with many people involved, the studio pieces made in solitude and the interventions is to me very inspiring and complementary. “
Maria Ikonomopoulou

Maria Ikonomopoulou was born in Kalamata, Greece, in 1961. Since 1985, she lives and works in Rotterdam. Her works have been shown at numerous exhibitions in her home country and abroad.
1988 – 1991 studied sculpture and monumental art at the Willem de Kooning Academy

The limits of individualism and how it is possible to achieve balance between collectivity and individual longings, are issues that she explores in her work.


2017“School Etymology” public intervention during documenta 14, Kassel

2016“such a Tender Nothingness” solo exhibition, Dutch Institute Athens

2016“Border Lines” solo exhibition, De Aanschouw, Rotterdam

2016“Growing Ground” solo exhibition, Eleusis Old Railway Station, Elifsina, Greece

2016“Typography as an act of Art” group exhibition, Greek state Museum Thessaloniki

2016“finding Ling-Ling’s head” group exhibition, Cookie Butcher, Antwerp

2015“syn[chronosides]” duo exhibition with Anastasia Mina, Elika gallery Athens

2015“Art Eco – Attitudes” group exhibition, Cc Strombeek, Brussels

2014​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​“syn[chronosides]” duo exhibition with Anastasia Mina, Walgenbach Art & Books Rotterdam

2014​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​“Not About Flowers” solo exhibition, Wilms gallery, Venlo

2013“Pieces as Temporary/Timeless” entrance floor of the AMOLF institute, Amsterdam

2013​​​​​​​“Paper Art” group exhibition, Coda Museum, Apeldoorn

2012​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​“Myths in Critical Times” Rotterdam art fair

2012“Paper Dimensions” group exhibition, LUMC gallery, Leiden

2011​​​​​​​“Polyglossia” group exhibition, Onassis Cultural Centre Athens

2010“galerie Wilms” duo exhibition with Ema von Drongelen, Venlo

2010​​​​​​​“Hidden Memories, Lost Traces” group exhibition, Sinop Biennal, Sinop, Turkey

2009“Speaking Water work” in the public space of Amsterdam Wilnis in The Netherlands

2009“Intimate Distances curated” by Chrstina Petrinou, Martinos antique & art gallery, Athens

2009​​​​​​​“Expanded Ecologies” group exhibition, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens

2008“Rechtsachter” solo exhibition Fine Arts Centre, Rotterdam

2007​​​​​​​“Synergy” solo exhibition Mirta Demare gallery, Rotterdam

2005​​​​​​​​​​​​​​“looking through” solo exhibition, projectroom TinT gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece

2004“Spaces Between Us” visual intervention for an alternative possibility of presenting independently vulnerable work in the public space

2002“Kasteel von Rhoon” duo exhibition with Ann Pettersson, Rhoon

2001“Meeting Tiles”, work in the public space of  Zevenaar in The Netherlands

2001“Handwerk” solo exhibition Clarart gallery, Rotterdam


“Zero – Britannic Bold” 2016, cut-out newspapers, acid free paper, embroidery, nails, on acid free cardboard, 19.7 x 19.7 in, MI/I 8

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“Zero – Century“ 2016, cut-out newspapers, acid free paper, embroidery, nails, on acid free cardboard, 19.7 x 19.7 in, MI/I 9

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“City Flowers – Futura“ 2016, carton, nails, 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 in, MI/I 17

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“City Flowers – Futura” 2016, carton, nails, 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 in, MI/I 18

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“City Flowers – Bauhaus” 2017, carton, nails, 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 in, MI/I 19

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“City Flowers – Bauhaus” 2017, carton, nails, 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 in, MI/I 20

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“City Flowers – Bauhaus” 2017, carton, nails, 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 in, MI/I 21

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