Y. MoralisTRACES29 June - 28 September 2008

This summer’s exhibition organized by the Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation is a tribute to celebrated Greek painter Yannis Moralis.

The exhibition will feature oil paintings, drawings and sculptures, which have been selected by the artist himself and belong to public and private collections. The structure of the exhibition follows a retrospective approach. It aims to offer visitors the opportunity to trace the course of a work that is impressive in terms of plasticity and density of meaning; a work that developed from what was an idiosyncratic version of post-impressionistic realism – with an emphasis on portraiture – to abstraction governed by a geometric logic that would acquire momentum over time.

The proposed tribute offers an overview of Y. Moralis’ creative activity, which, as we all know, has yielded an intensely eloquent visual work, stretching over a long period of time and constituting a major chapter in the historiography not only of Greek but also of international art. And this because, though true to his Mediterranean sensibility, Y. Moralis constantly referred to the humanist tradition that was at the heart of his schooling and managed to transcend, through his art, the boundaries of his own place.

His proposals are a synthesis of old and new, at the same time as they dynamically open themselves to the groundbreaking developments occurring within the seminal art movement of Modernism.

His visual language established him as one of the leading masters of our contemporary iconographic culture, as it apparently responded first and foremost to demands raised by his own sense of creative time.

And yet, despite the immeasurable value of his work in painting, despite all that he generously offered as friend and instructor to many of our acclaimed contemporary painters, despite his crucial contribution in revitalizing the painting of his time, Y. Moralis has always been a modest man.

With equal modesty we hope (and will do our best to ensure this) that the exhibition in Andros will provide the opportunity for a renewed reading of his work, one which will reveal the virtues that have rightfully established him as one of the living classics of both the previous and this new century.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a scholarly edition featuring all exhibited works. Its character will be that of a reference work, since apart from biographical and bibliographical information and data about the artist’s exhibition history, it will include descriptions by the painter himself of the specific circumstances in which each of the works was created.

The exhibition has been curated by Kyriakos Koutsomallis, with the assistance of Margarita Kataga and the invaluable contribution of Peggy and Daphne Zoumboulakis and of Nikos Paisios, who proposed and transcribed the recordings of the artist’s narrations.

A documentary filmed especially for the purpose of the exhibition will be screened daily in the Museum’s projection room throughout the duration of the exhibition.

Guided tours of the exhibition will be offered both in Greek and in English, while educational programs for children will run throughout the month of August (registration in advance is necessary and places are booked on a first-come basis).

Communications Sponsor: ERT S. A. – The Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation


For more information, please contact: 
Ms. Eleni Galanis
Communications Officer
Tel: +30 210 7252895-6