The Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation’s museum in Andros, continuing its forty-year tradition of uninterrupted operation, has postponed due to the current circumstances, the exhibition dedicated to George Rorris scheduled for this summer. In its place, the museum is currently hosting the exhibition titled “Approaches to Abstraction by Greek Artists of the Diaspora”, which will run through September 27, 2020.
The artists whose works are part of the foundation’s collection are: Chryssa (Vardea), Takis (Panayiotis Vassilakis), Theodoros Stamos, Jannis Kounellis, Lucas Samaras, Thanos Tsingos, John Christoforou, Dico Byzantios, Pavlos (Dionyssopoulos), Sophia Vari, Babis Vekris (Electros), Nassos Daphnis, Constantine Andréou, George Negroponte, Mark Hadjipateras, Nakis Panayotidis, Alkis Pierrakos, Aris Koutroulis and Lynda Benglis.
Names that are a legacy of modern Greek art, which either belong to the Greek Diaspora by birth, or were forced to leave their homeland after the Second World War and the decades that followed, particularly the ’50s and’ 60s.
“When designing the exhibition under the pandemic, there was no time for loans and transfers and it is clear that many names of great Greek artists abroad are not included in the show. Nevertheless, it is an important exhibition, I have met most of the artists; I have lived with them through our discussions, and they are my friends”, said Kyriakos Koutsomallis, head of the Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation and the exhibition’s curator, at the presentation of the new exhibition.
“In their majority, the artists who comprise this tribute are those who had the vigour to attempt transgression and to sense the messages of their time, but also the unnegotiable desire to remain ‘hooked’ to the references of their homeland”, said the exhibition’s curator. The art show is already picking the visitors curiosity and contributes uniquely to the endless dialogue of Greek artists of the Diaspora with the place of birth.