The Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation is currently organizing an exhibition dedicated to the work of renowned Greek painter Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika, which is scheduled to open in summer 2011.
The exhibition will be a tribute to an artist that was instrumental in advancing art and thought in Greece as much through his work in painting as through his many writings. More than 100 works derived from various institutions and private collections (71 paintings, 21 drawings and 12 sculptures), made all the more interesting by the fact that the Greek public has only rarely had the chance to see them in the past, will offer the exhibition’s visitors a view into an extremely intriguing aspect of that seminal work, though one that is not perhaps widely known.
Originally inspired by Picasso’s and Braque’s analytical Cubism and influenced by fauvist investigations into the use of color – notably the work of Matisse – as well as the rhythm of orphic works, Ghika created his own visual universe; a language that was inseparably linked to the light and landscapes of Greece and especially Hydra, the place he held most dear.
A major representative of what is known as “the generation of the 30s”, this “timeless contemporary” (as his close friend Odysseus Elytis would call him) became the link between the European avant-garde and Greek modernism and has rightfully earned a prominent place in Greek art history.