André Masson and Ancient Greece

01.07 - 30.09.2007

In the summer of 2007, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Andros of the Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation hosted an exhibition – tribute to the great French artist of the 20th century André Masson (1896-1987).

The multi-faceted artistic oeuvre of Masson has contributed to a great extent to the evolution of the visual arts of the previous century. The artist was identified with the progression of the surrealist movement, a movement with which he collaborated at different stages of his life. The retrospective to the painterly space and time of Masson was approached and examined through the widely appreciated theme of Ancient Greece’s history and mythology.

The wider artistic creation of Masson’s oeuvre can be interpreted as a spherical study of the human existence. Taking as a starting point the theories of Heraclitus – as far as the motion of man and the universe is concerned – Masson examined the development of man through his anxieties for his future and through his relation to nature. The ancient legends, the tragedy, the Dionysian cult and adoration and the primordial, universal myths of the Greek antiquity formed the sources of inspiration for Masson and proved critical in the formation of his widely significant artistic spirit.

The exhibition "André Masson and Ancient Greece" was focused on the theme of the metamorphosis of man’s nature. It presented the dimension that was given, by ancient Greek history and philosophy, to the equilibrium between the ‘rational’ and the ‘sentimental’. Some of the most important paintings and drawings of Masson, representing themes from ancient Greek mythology, such as the myth of the Minotaure, Ariadne, Daedalus and Icarus and the labours of Hercules, were included in this exhibition.

It should be noted that retrospective exhibitions on André Masson have been organized in some of the most important museums in Europe and the United States of America, such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Grand Palais in Paris and more. Museums of an international range such as the Musée national d'art moderne, Centre Pompidou in Paris together with other major public and private collections offered on loan the important works of André Masson for the realization of such a retrospective of great importance.

Exhibition Catalog

Ancient Greece and André Masson

2007 Exhibition Catalogue

  • Kyriakos Koutsomallis, Didier Ottinger, William Jeffett,
  • Published
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Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation Exhibition Organisation
Guite Masson, Didier Ottinger, Kyriakos Koutsomallis Exhibition Curators
Magdalena Papanicolopoulou Exhibition Graphics and Labelling
Eleni Galani Communication
Alexandra Papakostopoulou Secretariat
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Orphée Beinoglou, Andre Chenue SA, Globus Israel, Panzironi Art Transport, Hasenkamp Internationale Transporte, Pacart, Rodolphe Haller SA, Masterpiece International Transport of Works

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