Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika

A Timeless Contemporary

03.07 - 25.09 2011

In the summer of 2011, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Andros of the Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation presented an exhibition dedicated to the work of renowned Greek painter Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika (1906-1994).

A major representative of what is known as “the generation of the 30s”, this “timeless contemporary” (as his close friend Odysseus Elytis would call him) became the link between the European avant-garde and Greek modernism and has rightfully earned a prominent place in Greek art history.

Originally inspired by Picasso’s and Braque’s analytical Cubism and influenced by fauvist investigations into the use of color – notably the work of Matisse – as well as the rhythm of orphic works, Ghika created his own visual universe; a language that was inseparably linked to the light and landscapes of Greece and especially Hydra, the place he held most dear.

The exhibition was a tribute to an artist that was instrumental in advancing art and thought in Greece as much through his work in painting as through his many writings. More than 100 works (71 paintings, 21 drawings and 12 sculptures) derived from various institutions and private collections, made all the more interesting by the fact that the Greek public had only rarely the chance to see them in the past, offered the visitors a view into an extremely intriguing aspect of that seminal work, though one that was not perhaps widely known.

Works from the exhibition

Exhibition Catalog

Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika, A Timeless Contemporary

2011 Exhibition Catalogue

  • Kyriakos Koutsomallis, Odysseus Elytis, Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika, George Pilichos, Kitsa Bontzou, Lisa Petridi, Fani Petralia,
  • Published


Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation Organisation of the Exhibition
Kyriakos Koutsomallis Director - Curator of the Exhibition
Eleana Margariti General Coordination
ELIX - Andreas Georgiadis, Paraskevi Gerolymatou Exhibition Graphics and Labelling
Eleni Galani Public Relations and Communications Department
Alexandra Papakostopoulou Administrative Secretary
Kostas Kalogerinis, Dimitrios Kondopoulos Finance Manager
Vangelis Panagiotarakos Network Manager
Eleni Galani, Eleana Margariti Education Programmes
Leonidas Issaris Art-store Manager
Sotiris Piperas Security Services
Michalis Salonikis Facilities Manager
Orphée Beinoglou Transport of Works
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