The exhibition “Women in Modern Greek painting” takes place at the B&M Theocharakis Foundation from 7 November 2018 to 3 February 2019. Organised in collaboration with the Greek National Gallery – Alexandros Soutsos Museum, it showcases 85 outstanding works by major Greek artists. The exhibition focuses on the evolution of the portrayal of Greek women in Modern Greek art within the two centuries since establishment of the independent state of Greece.

The exhibits include portraits of women, family portraits and scenes of everyday life highlighting the position of women as part of the society of their time, confirming of challenging concepts and stereotypes regarding their role. The exhibition, curated by Lamprini Karakourti-Orfanopoulou, features works by several major Greek painters from the 19th and 20th centuries, highlighting some of the traits of the changing trends and styles of modern art, and especially their reception and interpretation by Greek artists.

exhibit women2Left: Pavlos Mathiopoulos, Lady with a Little Dog (detail), 1899 Right: Nikos Lytras, Portrait of Miss M. Horsch (detail), ca. 1916-1917

Some of the most important artists whose works are featured at the exhibition are Theodoros Vryzakis (1819-1878), Spyridon Prosalendis (1830-1895), Nikephoros Lytras (1832-1904), Nikolaos Gyzis (1842-1901), Iakovos Rizos (1849-1926), Georgios Iakovidis (1853-1932), Georgios Roilos (1867-1928), Pavlos Mathiopoulos (1876-1956), Konstantinos Parthenis (1878-1967), Nikos Lytras (1883-1927), Giorgos Bouzianis (1885-1959), Spyros Vassiliou (1902-1985), Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika (1906-1994), Yannis Tsarouchis (1910-1989) Yannis Moralis (1916-2009), Panayiotis Tetsis (1925-2016), Dimitris Mytaras (1934-2017) Alekos Fassianos (1935), Sotiris Sorongas (1936), Vassilis Sperantzas (1938) and Giorgos Rorris (1963).

The vast majority of the paintings come from the collections of the Greek National Gallery, with few but significant additions from the Sotiris Felios Collection, the personal collections of Makis Matsas, Fotini Triantafylli and Peter and Stella Katsichti, and the Yannis Tsarouchis Foundation. The exhibition is complimented by the publication of an illustrated catalogue featuring texts by the Director of the Greek National Gallery, Marina Lambraki-Plaka and the curator of the exhibition, Lambrini Karakourti-Orfanopoulou.

exhibit women3Left: Nikolaos Gyzis, The Spider (detail), 1884 Right: Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika, Thinking Figure (detail), 1941

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M.V. (Intro image: Panayiotis Testis, Portrait of M.S. [detail], 1990 – 1991)