The exhibition Hephaestus gathers artists whose work touches upon the oneiric, through the use of different iconographies and economies that range from surrealist, over symbolist to neo-classicist. The show will offer a topography of the grotesque, the sublime and the irrational and finds in Hephaestus both a sincere example as well as a Hellenic fool used for comic relief.
Hephaestus is the Greek god of fire, metalworking, stonemasonry and the art of sculpture. He is usually depicted as a bearded man holding hammer and tongs, the tools of a smith and riding a donkey. He is also the patron of trades related to ovens. Thrown off mount Olympus he was crippled for life – what he lacks in lower body mobility, he makes up for with his inventiveness and superior craftsmanship.