Order & Emotion
29.06 - 28.09 2003
Museum of Contemporary Art, Andros
Order & Emotion
An exhibition of the works by the great French painter, sculptor and engraver Georges Braque (1882-1963), entitled Georges Braque: Order and Emotion - co-founder of Cubism together with Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) - was presented for the first time in Greece. The exhibition presented major works from almost the entire wide range of Braque's œuvre.
The French artist worked around certain main themes that preoccupied him in every medium he employed (oil paintings, works on paper, sculptures, prints and ceramics): still lifes, birds, musical instruments, interiors and ancient Greece.
The works of the exhibition Georges Braque: Order and Emotion were generously lent by the Maeght family (France), the Musée National d'Art Moderne - Centre Georges Pompidou, the Musée Picasso in Paris, the Galerie Jan Krugier, Ditesheim & Cie in Geneva, the Galerie Beyeler in Basle, and also by European collectors who wish to remain anonymous. A total of approximately 150 works (oil paintings, works on paper, sculptures, prints and ceramics) by the great French artist were presented.
A particularly meticulous and informative catalogue of excellent design and printing quality, accompanied the exhibition with essays by K. Koutsomallis, I. Monod-Fontaine, M. Enrici and F. Cadouot-Michou. A detailed chronology of the artist's life and work, as well as a selective bibliography is also included.
The town of the island of Andros was speaking French on Saturday evening and the air of the beautiful Cycladic island was fragrant with European culture […] the Braque exhibition is unique because the artist gathered ideas and movements, and even though Picasso - who was a dear friend and co-speaker in the aesthetic movement - has produced 1000 paintings, Braque created only 100. By the time he completed the work, he was already able to include the development of his art. […] As he points out in his notes: "I like the canon that builds up emotion, I like emotion that builds up the canon." The saying sums up the title and intention of the exhibition.
[…] Exhibition "Canon and Emotion" which was marvelously inaugurated last Saturday, is worth visiting for a number of reasons. Eventually it concentrates some of the most important creations of Braque, who has never made any attempt to be as productive as Picasso, it is difficult, therefore to expect frequently retrospectives upon his oeuvre. Also in difficult times for art internationally, the Goulandris Foundation achieves, thanks to its seriousness and consistency, to secure works of an international status for its Greek audience.
[…] The Georges Braque exhibition with its allusive title "Canon and Emotion" forms part of the twenty year old artistic program of the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation on Andros, which presents famous personalities of international art.
[…] The Georges Braque exhibitions are quite rare and they form - for those who know - a big event. This is so because a lot of people are aware that Braque was the artist who discovered "cubism", he was the first to place numbers and letters in his paintings, he was the first to use collage with paper, likewise he was the forerunner and revolutionary who knew how put things in their right place. "Writing does not mean describing" he used to say. "Painting does not mean representing. Truth exists. Only the lie is invented."
The time of the re-establishment of the name of Braque in the history of art, is here. Foreign experts (directors of Museums, curators, collectors, journalists etc.) have expressed an unexpected wide interest for this year's exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Andros, which was inaugurated on Saturday, on the occasion of the 40 year tribute ever since Braque's death. […] So, can an exhibition as the one in the island of Andros, provoke discussions of such a scale in importance? It sure can.