Nakis Panayotidis

Nakis Panayotidis

Seeing the Invisible

A significant oeuvre in Arte Povera: the first comprehensive monograph on this Greek-Swiss artist.



Title Information

Edited by Matthias Frehner and Regula Berger. With essays by Bruno Corà, Sabine Hahnloser, Donald Hess, Petros Markaris, Thierry Spitzer, Hans Christoph von Tavel, Regula Berger and Matthias Frehner

1st edition

, 2014

Text German and English


312 pages, 141 color illustrations

24 x 24 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-444-9

In cooperation with Museum of Fine Arts Bern


The Greek arte povera artist Nakis Panayotidis was born in 1947 in Athens and has done his education in architecture in Turin and in visual arts in Rome. Since 1974 has been living and working both in Bern and Greek island of Serifos.

In the tradition of arte povera, Panayotidis employs a great diversity of materials in his art, such as stone, straw, lead, iron, copper, and lamps etc. His art combines light and life and is never static. It always revolves around opposites that have found a moment of equilibrium. In his work, Panayotidis aims to emphasize the intrinsically permanent in momentary incidental images.

This new book is published to coincide with a major retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Fine Art Bern (November 2014 to March 2015). It features work by the artist in painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, and photography. Essays are contributed by curators Matthias Frehner and Regula Berger, Italian scholar, curator and art critic Bruno Corà, and also by personal friends of Panayotidis and collectors of his work.

Authors & Editors

Regula Berger

 has been a research assistant at Museum of Fine arts Bern since 2010.

Bruno Corà

Matthias Frehner

, born 1955, has been appointed director of Museum of Fine Arts Bern in 2002. After reading art history, German literature and archaeology at University of Zürich he has been curator of Oskar Reinhart Collection “Am Römerholz” in Winterthur (1988–96) and art editor with major Swiss daily newspaper Neuen Zürcher Zeitung (1996–2002).

Sabine Hahnloser Tschopp

Donald M. Hess

Petros Markaris

Thierry Spitzer

Hans Christoph von Tavel