The cultural department of the Greek Embassy welcomes the exhibition entitled “Antiquity and classicism -Classical memories in modern Greek art” in the Kunsthistorisches Museum of Vienna, in the frame of the official visit of the President of the Hellenic Republic, Karolos Papoulias, to Vienna on 4 July 2008. The exhibition was presented last winter from December 10 2007 to February 24 2008 in the National Gallery of Athens.
The artists that expose their work in Vienna are inspired by the Greek antiquity. Antiquity’s time in Greece arrived during the period between the wars, following a turn of art toward tradition throughout Europe. Indeed, European artists, with Pablo Picasso at their lead, turned toward classical antiquity during the years immediately after the First World War.
“It could be seen as self-evident that Greek artists, as the natural heirs of ancient Greeks, who not only lived on the same land for at least three millennia, but also spoke the same language, would feel a great sense of familiarity with antiquity and would easily be able to draw up ideas, myths and forms from this rich heritage. In reality, modern Greeks have experienced this inheritance as an overwhelming responsibility and the relationship with it has been a bittersweet one”, observes Dr Marina Lambraki Plaka, Director of National Art gallery.
The exhibition features works by acclaimed Greek artists, such as:
Yannis Abramidis, Hristos Karras, Nikos HatzikIriakos-Gikas, Tassos Christakis, Ilias Dekulakos, Achilles Drougkas, Nikos Eggonopoulos, Alekos Fasianos, Yorgos Gounaropoylos, Hristos Kapralos, Sarantis Karavousis, Michalis Manusakis, Giorgos Lazogkas, Giorgos Mayroeidis, Yannis Moralis, Dimitris Mytaras, Nikos Nikolau, Angelos Papadimitriu, Konstantinos Parthenis, Dimitris Perdikidis, Paris Prekas, Yannis Psychopaidis, Sotiris Sorogas, Panagiotis Tanimanidis, Panayotis Tetsis, Theodoru, Yannis Tsaruchis and Spiros Basiliu.
Speakers: Dr. Wilfried Seipel, General Director of the Museum of History of Art, Dr Marina Lambraki Plaka, Director of National Gallery of Athens, Mr Panagiotis Zografos, ambassador of Greece
In the Exhibition’s opening, will perform the following musicians: Maria Siomou and Aya Georgieva (violin), Marta Potulska (viola) and Martin Dimov (cello).
Duration of the exhibition:
5 July-24 August 2008
Daily: 10 am. -6pm.
Thursday: 10 am. – 9pm.