Paul Delvaux and the Antiquity

The Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation was pleased to present an honorary exhibition of the exceptionally important Belgian artist of the twentieth century Paul Delvaux (1897-1994), the work of whom was shown for the first time in our country. The exhibition was co-organized with the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels.

Paul Delvaux and the Antiquity” was held in the premises of the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation in Andros, Greece (28 June – 27 September 2009) and then toured to the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels. (23 October 2009 – 31 January 2010).
The exhibition consisted of 60 works of art (both oil paintings and drawings) hailing from the collections of institutions such as the Delvaux Foundation, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Brussels and other important museums, foundations, as well as private and public collections in Europe and the United States.

Paul Delvaux contributed to modern art a special, personal expression, as far as the genre of the female nude is concerned. Further to this, he established new modulations regarding the space in which painting takes action.

He pursued his pictorial stride within the symbolic codes of James Ensor, the mysterious metaphysical tension of Giorgio de Chirico and the iconographic poetry of René Magritte and although he never accepted the full title of the surrealist painter, he is considered to be an established representative of this major artistic movement.

The exhibition focused mainly on the references and the relations Delvaux developed with Greece, via its myths and the inexhaustible Greek subject-matter from which he systematically extracted facts and elements, in order to interweave his own personal, subjective mythology.

The exhibition of the highly acknowledged artist -which was accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, with detailed academic texts, bibliographical and work entries and a detailed biography of Delvaux - was curated by Mr. Michel Draguet, Director of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels.

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