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The Dying Pythia at 97 Mount Street, London W1K by Pato Bosich


We are pleased to announce another collaboration with the contemporary artist, Pato Bosich. An exhibition re-awakening the Delphic Oracle through the visions of her priestess.

“I think of you, Pythia, proud prism of the divine, ablaze with countless torments, of your face flooded with the radiance of east..for the Muse has made me one of the sons of Greece.”

Ancient art, Greek tragedies, Western and Eastern visual traditions take part in an astonishing yet refined range of voices. Subtle yet swift, this exhibition invites us to journey through metamorphoses of Antiquity into the present.

Intensely gestural, richly monochrome and merging with oxidating metals, the series, “The Dying Pythia” is a re-invention of the Greek tragedies narratives. Centred around the Delphic oracle and the Theban plays, Bosich imagines the Pythia (the Delphi priestess) visited by a myriad of shades, ghosts, including Oedipus and Tiresias. The “Birth of Venus” gets a new life from the iconic Botticelli work by an interplay of Alchemical ideas, in an earthbound rebirth from a distant lunar world, the goddess copper planet appears at dawn, born out of the interaction between gold and silver, from the agitation of the waves foam, she is also Daphne of the ancient romance, turning into a Laurel tree.

Ancient art has an evocative presence that is never merely visual and as a result the artist’s multi-sensory response to work directly from the antiquities gives a tactile quality to every work in the exhibition.