The exhibition “Sidney Nolan: The Greek Series” that will open at the Hellenic Museum in Melbourne on Thursday. August 24 will feature 61 pieces of artwork – some never before seen by the public.
The particular works of the renowned Australian artist Sidney Nolan were inspired by his winter stay on the Greek island of Hydra in 1955.
The exhibition is to celebrate the artist’s centenary and the museum has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds with a goal target of 15,000 euros.
According to the Hellenic Museum, the exhibition captures the spirit and history of both the contemporary and mythological worlds of Greece.
“The exhibition draws parallels between the Greek siege of Troy and the Gallipoli campaign, and links the modern world to the ancient, touching on the universal stories of humanity that transcend civilisations.”
While in Hydra, Nolan experimented with figures, landscapes, mythologies and histories. The island was a great inspiration to him and has influenced his work substantially.
The works are on loan from the Estate of Lady Nolan.