A rather different museum, the only one of its kind in Greece, whose name may initially give you the creeps, but will certainly fascinate you once you enter its dark halls.
The “House of Shadows” in Xanthi has nothing to do with ghosts and spooky stories, nor with Traditional Greek Shadow Puppet Theatre, but it is a unique art space, where shadows of works of art made of useless materials and common garbage are “exhibited”, after being properly illuminated.
The creator and owner of the “House of Shadow”, Triantafyllos Vaitsis, is considered to be among the best of the so-called Shadow Art and not without reason, since his unique works will make you -literally- put your mind to work.
At first glance, the sculptures on the display pedestal may not make much of an impression, but when you see the shadows on the wall, you will be amazed at how objects that were destined for the dustbin became works of art, depicting the figures of Democritus, Constantine Cavafy, Albert Einstein, Che Guevara, Marilyn Monroe, John Lennon, etc.
However, the artist is not content with portraits alone, but also creates entire scenes, many of which conceal deeper meanings, making the visitor ponder, think, reflect and feel.
The works are exhibited in four different sections, appropriately arranged in the dark interiors of the museum. The first section is called “Contrasts” and includes sculptures that are illuminated from two sides, thus creating two contrasting shadows. The second is called “Faces” and the third “Soul”, where the creator depicts the path of the soul. The fourth and final section is called “Caves of the Mind”, which is based on Plato’s well-known myth of the cave. In this section, the artist unfolds the story by “animating” the shadows. Many other works are presented in these spaces, while the artist often exhibits outside Xanthi, such as in Athens and Thessaloniki.