The former primary school of Kambos village in Tinos, formely deserted by students, has recently been extended and reused as the space that houses Kostas Tsocli’s works of art. The Costas Tsoclis museum, dedicated to the people of Tinos, adapts to new museological requirements and returns the “space”, it borrows, to knowledge redefined in the light of the artistic eye.
St. George with the dragon welcomes the visitor in the courtyard, while the architecture of the building has been designed by Manos Perrakis in absolute accordance with the aesthetics of the island where the white color and the stone play a dominating role.
Costas Tsoclis envisioned this museum as his spiritual child and it is in this museum where we will be able to see not only his work ever renewed but also references to the work of other artists with whom he followed parallel paths. Mostly, however, the museum can be seen as a form of his own biography.
The interior is divided into three sections. The first one is referred to the generation of ‘60, a generation with a vision that breaks the “Greek airtight boundaries”, mixing the art of products of international subculture and debunks the myth of the “Immaculate” primary creation. “Holy friends” of Costas Tsoclis is essentially the hall-tribute to the people who played an important role and influenced the life and work of the artist.
The intermediate space that actually connects the first room to the third coincides with a kind of “bio-graphy” of the artist written in oblong walls and complemented by the promotion of the project “The Wayfarer.”
In the third room we meet the “imprudence of Prometheus”. The endlessly burning fire, the despair, all that crying and then death. We are in the hell of Dante and yet we are not alone in this, after all. Our idols, multiplied along with those of all the other guests, accompany us on this scary journey.
Nevertheless, after death there must be a kind of elevation-a ladder, maybe. A staircase then leads us a little higher into another room. Perhaps, that of posterity or echo of what we saw. Inside it, we find references to artistic intervention “Reflections” while listening texts by Costas Tsoclis being simultaneously displayed.
Equally significant is the initiative to design and implement a specific program of touch for the sighted children of the island in cooperation with the Museum of Touch and the Lighthouse for the Blind of Greece.
In addition to the exhibitions, the museum organizes many other activities such as lectures by art historians and other intellectuals having to do with literature, theater etc, as well as special seminars for teachers on Art and Education, screenings in the courtyard of the museum on the life of great artists and theatrical and musical performances presented at the Theatre of Koumaros.
Finally, the art library and creative programs are a magnet for children, adolescents and adults.