The Museum of Contemporary Art on the island of Andros, will host from June 30 to September 29, a different exhibition, Depicting Transcendence/From Byzantine Tradition to Contemporary Art.
The aim of this homage is to explore the historical, aesthetic and stylistic influences of the Byzantium, and to enhance the way in which Modern Greek painters incorporated these elements in their artistic inquiries, succeeding therefore in rekindling interest in this enduring, yet aesthetically undervalued iconographic culture.
This is the thought behind the exhibition organized by the Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation for the summer of 2013, an artistic homage curated by Dr Nikos Zias, Professor Emeritus of the University of Athens.
The exhibition is structured around works by the following distinguished painters, who alongside secular painting also created works on religious themes, contributing in this way to the revival of interest in Byzantine art: Constantinos Parthenis, Photis Kontoglou, Spyros Papaloukas, Spyros Vasileiou, Polykleitos Rengos, Nikos Engonopoulos, Giannis Tsarouchis, Constantinos Artemis, Demetrios Pelekasis, Agenor Asteriadis, Polychronis Lembesis, Demetris Biskinis, Stephanos Almaliotis, Anastasios Loukidis, Nikos Nikolaou, Rallis Kopsidis, and the print-makers Demetrios Galanis, Lykourgos Kogevinas, Efthymios Papadimitriou, Alevizos-Anastasios Tassos, Giorgos Sikeliotis, Vasso Katraki.
The 130 and more works on display come from state and ecclesiastical museums, churches, foundations and private collections.
The exhibition is accompanied by an authoritative catalog with texts by 13 scholars, edited by Christos Ph. Margaritis.
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