In the Light of Greece
25.06 - 17.09 2000
Museum of Contemporary Art, Andros
In the Light of Greece
The exhibition Henry Moore: In the Light of Greece, held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Andros of the Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation, presented various aspects of Henry Moore's (1898-1986) œuvre that related to the art of Greece (Cycladic, Archaic, and Classical) and the immense impact that this contact had on the work and thought of the great British sculptor.
In total, 45 sculptures, 26 drawings, 3 graphics, 5 albums, 2 tapestries and many maquettes and objects from the sculptor's studio were presented. The exhibits were mainly lent by the Henry Moore Foundation, as well as the Ferens Art Gallery, the Huddersfield Art Gallery, the Ashmolean Museum and private collectors.
The exhibition was accompanied by a fully illustrated and documented catalogue, with editions in Greek and English.
[…] The dialogue of his work with the Cycladic light and landscape "would have […] made Moore happy". Undoubtedly those too, who, until September 17, will find themselves witnesses to the greatest artistic event of the summer. […]
In a revealing exhibition inaugurated last Saturday, the greatest sculptor of the twentieth century, Henry Moore, this year begins a dialogue with Pheidias' era, "in the light of Greece", in the Andros Museum of Contemporary Art. This is an exhibition that continues the fifteen-year-long tradition of major international artistic events staged by the Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation. […] The works selected and their juxtaposition in the exhibition catalogue (a superlative document) with works of classical Greek sculpture reveal and substantiate a lifelong relationship - ambivalent, passionate - that went through all the stages. […]
"Henry Moore, in the Light of Greece" is surely the most important exhibition this summer and confirms, once more, the dynamic presence of the decentralised Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation. […] Starting from the testimony of Henry Moore himself about his having been influenced by classical art, the Museum has installed the works in a way that allows them to be read classically, but which also tells us about all his other speculations. […] The same fine formulation of this subject is also found in the catalogue, which - in our opinion - is among the most wonderful we have ever seen. […]
[…] This thematic exhibition […] helps the visitor or reader to detect influences and affinities, obvious or latent, and, one way or another, to feel the contact with the works in a space and in a way that especially enhance them. […]
[…] The collaboration between the Goulandris Museum and the Henry Moore Foundation produced a small in size but fascinating sample of modern museum methods towards a creative approach. It consists of an exemplary harmonious blending of the necessary parts that may potentially co-constitute - as in this exhibition - the ideal approach and presentation of an oeuvre. […] It should be underlined that, thanks
to the current exhibition, the bibliography on the work of this great artist has been enriched. […] Stressing an important virtue of the artist, which is - or should be - distinctive assimilation, we conclude that the Moore exhibition, offered to us today, has not only a historical as well as a museum value, it also acts as a reminder to contemporary artists and 'assessors' of our own most recent art that the indispensable method for evaluating art should be the acknowledgement of this rare, but in certain cases existent, virtue among our multitude of artists.
We now have the chance to see a part of the monumental in size and number of Moore's oeuvre, but indicative of his conception regarding space and man, at the Museum of Contemporary Art - Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation, in Andros. […] In the Andros exhibition, despite its modest size, the visitor finds himself enveloped in the atmosphere of the influence from, and affinity with, classical Greek sculpture felt by Moore, but also enveloped in the artist's own style, a result of many social and political events of his time. […] An exceptional publication on Henry Moore by the Museum, a book, a gift, after all, on behalf of all the people who worked on this exhibition, completes the homage to this important artist. […]
[…] This splendid book was published to accompany an exhibition organised by the Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation at the Museum of Contemporary Art at Andros, Greece. […] As its title suggests, and as the book's lavish plates illustrate, the project's aim is to re-assess the achievement of Henry Moore in the light of his study of classical as well as early Greek sculpture, and thus, while continuing to acknowledge the major debt to non-European and so-called primitive sculptural forms, to re-inscribe Moore's work more precisely within a western artistic tradition. […] All this makes the book not only a pleasure to dip into and explore in purely visual terms, but also an instructive manual and, not least for Moore specialists, an invaluable source for detailed reference.