Τhe second international Art Symposium, which took place in June of 1999 at Minos Beach art hotel in Agios Nikolaos, Crete, had a specific theme attached to it: the search for a New Mediterranean Cultural Identity in Contemporary Art.
The investigation began with the collaboration of sixteen artists coming from Italy, Greece, Cyprus, Spain, and Turkey, who enriched the collection with sixteen new works, joining the already existing ones.
At the same time, six world-renowned experts spoke on the search for a new Mediterranean cultural identity in contemporary art and the need to rally around it.
The symposium concluded with the finding that the Mediterranean is once again a theatre of new values with important implications for the whole world.
«The new Mediterranean Cultural Identity will come forth directly from this unique property of works of art. Only in this way will it acquire the true meaning of identity, which also includes the dimension of identifying with a new world in which the cultural authority of the new identity will become common property accessible to us all.»
Dmitri L. Coromilas (from the exhibition catalogue)
Conceived and organised by: Gina Mamidakis
Exhibition Curation and Conference Coordination: Dmitri L. Koromilas
Publication and Artistic Direction: Dmitri L. Koromilas
Photography: Chris Keeley, Friedrich Fink, Costas Tzelios
Location: Minos Beach Hotel, Agios Nikolaos, Crete
Duration: 09.06 – 31.10 1990 & 01.05 – 31.10 1991
Participating Artists: Nicos Alexiou (Greece), Stephen Antonakos (USA), Hadan Börüteçene (Turkey), Lucilla Catania (Italy), Pepe Espaliú (Spain), Andrea Fogli (Italy), Giorgos Giparakis (Greece), Serhat Kiraz (Turkey), Antonio Musella (Italy), Rena Papaspyrou (Greece), Vettor Pisani (Italy), Soledad Sevilla (Spain), Antonio Sosa (Spain), Panayiotis Tanimanidis (Greece), Theodoulos (Cyprus) Costas Varotsos (Greece)
Participating speakers: Dimosthenis Davvetas (Greece), Lucrezia De Domizio (Italy), Dmitri L. Koromilas (Greece), Beral Madra (Turkey), Rosa Queralt (Spain), Marisa Vescovo (Italy), Efi Strousa (Greece)