25.06 - 24.09 2006
Museum of Contemporary Art, Andros
In the summer of 2006, the spaces of the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation in Andros were overflowed with colour and light, as the work of Panayiotis Tetsis (1925-2916), renowned exponent of the Modern Greek tradition in contemporary painting, was presented there, offering the public this great pleasure.
This elegy of colour was an attempt in revisiting the space and time of Tetsis' painting, through a theme that we all hold dear, namely the sea. The sea as experience and memory is an emotionally charged space, around which developed a considerable part of the artist's visual problematics and on which focused an equally significant part of his quest in art, already from the very beginning of his career, ultimately placing him among the genuine representatives of the Greek seascape tradition.
Tetsis's painting treats this primeval theme in the spirit of the times, both avoiding stereotypes and radical breaks with tradition, taking it into its contemporary iconographic expression on the basis of rules and perceptions that took shape in the first decades of the 20th century. His seascapes are an ode to the Aegean, sea of light and of myths, sea of alternating colour variations and shades.
A painter of colour and of the senses, Tetsis imprints his seascapes with his own particular mark, as he does all of his works irrespective of the thematic cycle to which they may belong. The compositional clarity of his work, its monumental quality, its openness in terms of contours, its expansive brushstrokes and fullness of colour are elements that offer the viewer a deep sense of mental euphoria and sensuous pleasure.
The exhibition / tribute to the work of P. Tetsis, included mainly large-scale works, oil-pastels and gouaches of almost monumental proportions, which belonged to private or public collections, but also works that P. Tetsis had created on the occasion of this tribute.
The exhibition was accompanied by an elegant edition, which features texts by Mr. Kyriakos Koutsomallis, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation, Mr. Guiliano Serafini, Art Historian and Critic, as well as by Mr. Harris Kambourides, Art Critic and Semiologist. The catalogue further features a biography of the artist's illustrated with photographic material, as well as a detailed bibliography.
[…] In our view the works of P. Tetsis uphold their fresh feeling - each and every time you return to look at them. This is happening because his oeuvre maintains its freedom. It is detached from any sort of detailed documentation in favour of a personal involvement. There is a personal commitment between that which is viewed and that which is shown. […] That is why it is exceptionally interesting to indulge (the sea) in his art.
[…] In the exhibition "The Sea" compiled of works by P. Tetsis - which was inaugurated last Saturday at the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation in Andros - the visitor stands magnetized by the view of the monumental and rich in colour works. Colours so voluminous and so powerful like the force of the sea itself.
[…] In the small arc of art, the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation in Andros, the ultimately wise captain of Greek art, Panayiotis Tetsis, is undertaking a brave venture. He is now inviting us to leave behind us the stagnated waters of our calculated security and provokes us to jump in the deep and crystal waters of painting. […]
Both P. Tetsis - speaking in the ears of the interested listeners - and the Sea were the protagonists of the exhibition launched in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Andros […] "Sea" is the title of the exhibition. It appears as if the Cycladic Sea decided to flow through the big windows in the actual museum in order to view the exhibition in which she is the honoured subject and to express, therefore, her dearest thankful wishes to P. Tetsis.