Depicting Transcendence

From Βyzantine Tradition to Modern Art

30.06 - 29.09.2013

Byzantium set its own indelible seal on man’s incessant and indefatigable endeavour to depict transcendence. Despite all the socio-historical adversities it endured, this multifaceted civilization produced masterpieces in all fields of spiritual and artistic creation.

In recent and modern times, many distinguished Greek painters made recourse to the iconographic world of this great art, seeking pictorial models and influences, not in order to repeat familiar stereotypes but to merge them with the spirit and the stylistic tenets of the artistic currents and movements experienced throughout the last century.

Aim of this homage was to explore these historical, aesthetic and stylistic influences, and to enhance the way in which Modern Greek painters incorporated them in their artistic inquiries, thus succeeding in rekindling interest in this enduring yet aesthetically undervalued iconographic culture.

This was the thought behind the exhibition organized by the Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation in the summer of 2013, an artistic hommage curated by Dr Nikos Zias, Professor Emeritus of the University of Athens.

The exhibition was structured around works by the following distinguished painters, who alongside secular painting also created works on religious themes, in this way contributing to the revival of interest in Byzantine art: Constantinos Parthenis (1878-1967), Photis Kontoglou (1895-1965), Spyros Papaloukas (1892-1957), Spyros Vasileiou (1902-1985), Polykleitos Rengos (1903-1984), Nikos Engonopoulos (1907-1985), Giannis Tsarouchis (1910-1989), Constantinos Artemis (1878-1972), Demetrios Pelekasis (1881-1973), Agenor Asteriadis (1898-1977), Polychronis Lembesis (1848-1913), Demetris Biskinis (1891-1947), Stephanos Almaliotis (1910-1987), Anastasios Loukidis (1884-1972), Nikos Nikolaou (1909-1986), Rallis Kopsidis (1929-2010), Constantinos Fanellis (1791-1863), Pantoleon and Nikolaos G. Zografos, and the print-makers Demetrios Galanis (1879-1966), Lykourgos Kogevinas (1887-1940), Efthymios Papadimitriou (1895-1958), Tassos (Anastasios Alevizos) (1914-1985), Giorgos Sikeliotis (1917-1984), Vasso Katraki (1914-1988).

The 130 and more works were coming from state and ecclesiastical museums, churches, foundations and private collections.

The exhibition was accompanied by a documented volume edited by Christos Ph. Margaritis.

Exhibition Catalog

Depicting Transcendence, From Byzantine Tradition to Modern Art

2013 Exhibition Catalogue

  • Kyriakos Koutsomallis, Nikolaos Zias, Nikolaos Graikos, Spyros Moschonas, Georgios Mylonas, Ioannis Friligos, Ioanna Stoufi-Poulimenou, Georgios Tsigaras, Andromachi Katselaki, Maria Nanou, Yannis Kolokotronis, Melita Emmanouil, Nektarios Mamais, Irene Orati, Irene Stratis,
  • Published
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Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation Organisation of the Exhibition
Kyriakos Koutsomallis Director
Nikolaos Zias Curator of the Exhibition
Marie Koutsomallis-Moreau Assistant Director
Marie Koutsomallis-Moreau, Irene Stratis Guided Tours - Education Programmes
Alexandra Papakostopoulou, Irene Stratis Administrative Secretary
ELIX - Andreas Georgiadis, Paraskevi Gerolymatou Exhibition Graphics and Labelling
Mikri Arktos Public Relations and Communications Department
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Vangelis Panagiotarakos Network Manager
Leonidas Issaris Art-store Manager
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