Thessaloniki: Outstanding 20th century engravings to be displayed in the Art Gallery of the Society for Macedonian Studies.
Two hundred works by noted artists of the 20th century, some of them extremely rare, will be on display in an exhibition entitled “1909-2009: One hundred years of modern Greek engraving”, which opens next week at the Macedonian Studies Society’s Modern Art Gallery in Thessaloniki, northern Greece.
The exhibition will be inaugurated on December 11, and is co-organised by the Thessaloniki municipality and the Society for Macedonian Studies.
The works include wood engravings, etchings, lithographs, linoleums and chalcographs by 140 painters, sculptors and engravers, among them Nikos Eggonopoulos, Nikos Hatzikyriakos Ghikas, Yannis Tsarouchis, Yannis Moralis, Tassos, Panagiotis Tetsis, Alekos Fassianos, Costas Tsoklis, Yiannis Gaitis, and others.
The exhibition focuses on the human figure and especially the nude and famous persons’ portraits.
The works on display, from Yiannis Papaconstantinou’s private collection and hand-picked by the collector himself, are representative of all the artists and artistic trends in Greek engraving in the 20th century.
The selected artwork is just a sampling of one of the most important private collections, which boasts more than 800 engravings by 220 Greek artists of the 19th and 20th century, and it is the first time that such a large range of the collection will be open to the public for viewing.
Papaconstantinou started buying engravings in 1922, inspired by an engraving exhibition he visited, after which, the collector notes, he became fascinated by the “neglected”, up to then, art of engraving and began collecting such art “with a passion”.
The oldest work to be displayed is Demetrios Galanis’ 1908 wood carving “The Hunt”, while one of the rarest works is the 1939 tinted wood engraving by Tassos (Alevizos) “Trellos” (The Madman).
December 11 – January 22
Sunday – Friday 09:00 – 14.00 &
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 18:00 – 21:00
Art Gallery of the Society for Macedonian Studies
1 Nikolaou Germanou St, Thessaloniki
11 Δεκεμβρίου – 22 Ιανουαρίου
Ώρες Λειτουργίας: Κυριακή – Παρασκευή 09:00 – 14.00 &
Τετάρτη, Πέμπτη, Παρασκευή 18:00 – 21:00
Πινακοθήκη Εταιρείας Μακεδονικών Σπουδών
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