27.06 - 06.09 1992
Museum of Contemporary Art, Andros
A large retrospective exhibition of Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966) was presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Andros, featuring 110 works (sculptures, oil paintings and drawings) from museums, foundations, galleries and private collections from Switzerland, France, England and the U.S.A.
A fully illustrated, bilingual catalogue (Greek, French) was published on the occasion of the exhibition containing essays, comments and a chronology with photos on the artist's life.
In the Museum of Contemporary Art in Andros, during a high calibre weekend, we discovered Alberto Giacometti and became participants in the dreams of Odysseus Elytis. […] 'It's narrow this road, the wider one I never knew' said the poet. However, no matter how narrow and hard the road to quality may be, this year in the Museum of Basil and Elise Goulandris, it was proven that it can lead to real surprises.
[…] The texts in the weighty catalogue and the films on Giacometti come together to inform the visitor in the finest way possible. But I would like to talk about the more general significance of these events in Andros. Events which, especially this year […] show that they are built on solid foundations […] and which, in the future cannot but follow an upward trend. […]
[…] The two parallel exhibitions were indeed representative and particularly important in their way. […] The effort of the Museum in Andros achieved the goals it strove for initially. By this I mean that, through the exhibition design concept, the mounting of the exhibition and the lighting, the visitor could gain a thorough perspective of Giacometti's development as well as see and admire details of his works at close quarters. Finally, one could even observe elements that cannot be seen in the best of photographic reproductions of the works and be initiated into the abstraction and transformation process of their design, something to which their creator gave so much emphasis. […]
[…] This all-white and elegant museum on Andros, an intellectual and artistic hive of activity for the last ten years, has offered the public the chance to get to know the work of great artists of our century […] and in this way, cultural decentralisation is increasingly becoming a hopeful reality. Since last year, it has managed to attract more than 12,000 visitors, thereby reaffirming the declarations of those enlightened people who consider the cultural infrastructure as the most important inducement to intellectual and social development. […]
[…] When the Poet (with a capital P) searches for a different expression at the border of 'Oxopetra', and this expression comes to rest next to the works of one of the giants of contemporary art, the result becomes almost magical and he who had the inspiration to combine the apparently disparate, adds a drop of knowledge and makes a contribution of fresh air and coolness to an environment which has become asphyxiating and dry. […]