The Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation is pleased to present an honorary exhibition of the exceptionally important Belgian artist of the twentieth century Paul Delvaux, the work of whom will be shown for the first time in our country. The exhibition is co-organized with the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels/Koninklijke Musea voor Schone Kunsten van België, Brussel
“Paul Delvaux and the Antiquity” will be held in the premises of the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation in Andros, Greece (28 June – 27 September 2009) and it will afterwards tour to the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels. (23 October 2009 – 31 January 2010).
The exhibition will consist of 60 works of art (both oil paintings and drawings) hailing from the collections of institutions such as the Delvaux Foundation, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Brussels and other important museums, foundations, as well as private and public collections in Europe and the United States.
Paul Delvaux contributed to modern art a special, personal expression, as far as the genre of the female nude is concerned. Further to this, he established new modulations regarding the space in which painting takes action.
He pursued his pictorial stride within the symbolic codes of James Ensor, the mysterious metaphysical tension of Giorgio de Chirico and the iconographic poetry of René Magritte and although he never accepted the full title of the surrealist painter, he is considered to be an established representative of this major artistic movement.
The exhibition of the present year focuses mainly on the references and the relations Delvaux developed with Greece, via its myths and the inexhaustible Greek subject-matter from which he systematically extracted facts and elements, in order to interweave his own personal, subjective mythology.
The exhibition of the highly acknowledged artist -which is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, with detailed academic texts, bibliographical and work entries and a detailed biography of Delvaux - is curated by Mr. Michel Draguet, Director of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels.
The publication will be distributed by a well–known European publishing house. Three different editions in Greek, in English and in French will accompany the exhibition in Greece and an extra version in Flemish will be available in Belgium, for the second part of the exhibition. The catalogue will include the academic texts by the directors of both museums, Mr. Michel Draguet, and Mr. Kyriakos Koutsomallis, a text by the author Mr. Takis Theodoropoulos, as well as four thematic scientific analytical texts from the renowned historians and academic professors, Mr. Jean Clair, former Director of the Museum Picasso in Paris, member of the Academy of France and author of the catalogue raisonnée of the works of Paul Delvaux, Mrs. Sophie Basch, professor of comparative literature in Sorbonne, France, Mr. Alexandre Farnoux, Director of the Institute of Art and Archaeology of Paris and Mr. Philippe Jockey, professor of Greek Art and civilization and Director of the department of History of the University of Aix-en-Provence.
Additionally, with the opportunity of the two exhibitions, important personalities will travel between Europe and Andros in order to commemorate the artist with their presence at the openings and the complementary events which will follow - such as the dinner of the official guests and the round-table discussion which will include, as every year, distinguished personalities from the domain of culture. The round-table will be chaired by the rector of the University of Europe, Mrs. Eleni Glykatzi – Ahrweiler.
Communication sponsors of the exhibition will be ERT (Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation) and KATHIMERINI.
The Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation will honour duly the discerning, philhellenic artist Paul Delvaux, through his first thematic retrospective in Greece.