Lydia Venieri

The Thirteenth Month

Opening Thursday, June 8th, 2023
The Celebration of the Thirteen Moons on June 13th, from 6 to 8 PM.

In her new project Lydia Venieri asks the question:

What happened to the Thirteenth Month?

At the core of "THE THIRTEENTH MONTH" lies the revelation of the hidden thirteenth month—a month sacrificed and shared among its twelve brothers. With thirteen moons in a year, the artist invites us to ponder the significance of this hidden realm, where the absent God, Dionysus, resides even beyond the Twelve Gods. Dionysus, the twin god- man, takes on various forms such as Orpheus, Zagreas, Christ, Krishna, and Prometheus, representing the eternal cycle of transformation and rebirth.

Persephone of the Annunciation

Drawing inspiration from the mystical realm of time and spirituality, Lydia Venieri's artworks transcend conventional boundaries and immerse viewers in a world where introspection and contemplation intertwine. Within her intricate pieces, Venieri masterfully weaves narratives that challenge perceptions and evoke deep emotions.

Lydia Venieri (born in Athens, Greece) lives and works in New York City. She studied at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and won the Academie Francaise de Paris MedalforSculpturein2000.Her work has been shown in manysolo and group exhibitions at prestigious venues worldwide including the Centre George Pompidou in Paris, Circulo de Bellas Artes Madrid, Cultural Centre of Stockholm, Gallery AsbaekCopenhagen, Manifesta Rotterdam, the National Gallery of Greece, the Ancien Musee Archeologique Municipalite de Thessalonique, the Centre for Contemporary Art in Dordrecht, Netherlands and the Athens Olympics, Palais de Tokyo.

The Opening Gallery was launched as an initiative that supports contemporary art and international artists be- yond the confines of the art market, while it fosters cul- tural engagement and exchanges between the US and the globe. This alternative art ecosystem attempts to go beyond prevalent gallery models and to showcase global underrep-resented artists, and the work of women artists and artists of color. 50% of the proceeds support neurodiversity and charitable causes, and 25% of the proceeds are donated to the non-profit Luv Michael, which is committed to enrich-ing the lives of autistic adults.

The Procession

Opening reception: Thursday, June 8th, 6–8pm

The Celebration of the Thirteen Moons: Tuesday, June 13th, 6–8pm

Press Contact: Adam Brown