A unique exhibition titled “The Human Form in Greek Painting in the 20th Century” was recently inaugurated and will run until the 26th of April 2020, on the B & M Theocharakis Foundation’s premises. The exhibition presents 73 Modern Greek art paintings from the National Gallery and the Evripidis Koutlidis Foundation’s collections, aiming to highlight the adventure of the human form in the history of 20th century Greek painting.

(Left): Yiannis Moralis, Form, 1951, tempera on wood (49×38) National Gallery – Alexander Soutsou Museum, donated by the artist
(Right): Nikos Lytras, Portrait of the young Constantine Montesantou, 1914, Oil on cardboard (130×60) National Gallery -Alexander Soutsos Museum

The exhibition, curated by art historian Lambrini Karakourti-Orfanopoulou, helps the visitor appreciate that the human form is a favorite subject of Greek artists throughout the 20th century and to observe its gradual freeing from academic naturalism in search of a more expressive autonomy, as well as the influence that the avant-garde movements of the early 20th century had on the contemporary Greek painting.

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(Left): Υiannis Tsarouchis, Sailor, 1938, Oil on canvas (100×70) National Gallery -Museum of Alexander Soutsou, donated by the Ministry of Education
(Right): Diamantis Diamantopoulos, The Sketch, 1938, Oil on hardboard (100×70), National Gallery -Alexander Soutsou Museum, donated by the Ministry of Education 

The exhibition features masterpieces by the following Greek artists: Simeon Savvides, Thalia Flora Karavia, Constantinos Parthenis, Theophrastus Triantafyllidis, Spyros Papaloukas, Otto Pervolarakis, Pericles Byzantios, George Bouzianis, Nikolaos Lytras, Gerasimos Steris, Yannis Tsarouchis, Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghikas, Yannis Moralis, Diamantis Diamantopoulos, Georgios Vakirtzis, Konstantinos Byzantios, Panagiotis Tetsis, Dimosthenis Kokkinidis, Christos Karas, Giannis Gaitis, Pavlos Dionysopoulos, Dimitris Mytaras, Alekos Fassianos, Achilleas Drougas, Chroni Botsoglou, Thanassis Makris, Michalis Madenis, Xenofon Bitsikas, George Rorris.

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(Left):Dimitris Mytaras, Leather Gloves, 1975, Oil on canvas (200×134) National Gallery
(Right):George Rorris, Man inside, 1998, Oil on canvas (170×150) National Gallery -Alexander Soutsos Museum

The National Gallery (the upgraded version of which is expected to be inaugurated in the end of March 2021) was founded in 1900. Including the collections of more than 20,000 paintings, sculptures, engravings and other art forms, it is the treasury of Modern Greek artistic creation, covering a period from the post-Byzantine period until today.

As for the Euripides Koutlidis Foundation and the Collection, they are jointly housed and operate together with the National Gallery, following an agreement ratified by the Athens Court of Appeal; its artworks are on display in the permanent display of the National Gallery – Alexandros Soutsos Museum Collections.

The B & M Theocharakis Foundation was founded in 2004 and aims to encourage the public to enter into a wide-ranging and interdisciplinary dialogue with music and the visual arts, to promote the work of Greek artists abroad and to develop networks facilitating collaboration and exchange, placing special emphasis on attracting younger audiences.rsz 1gikas

Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika, Evening memories, 1959, oil on canvas, (114×146), National Gallery – Alexander Soutsou Museum, donated by the artist

The Human Form in Greek Painting in the 20th Century

Exhibition duration and visiting hours:

22 January 2020 -26 April 2020

Mon -Wed and Fri -Sun (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
Thursday (10 a.m. – 8 p.m.)