Woman as Myth
24.06 - 23.09 2001
Museum of Contemporary Art, Andros
Woman as Myth
In the summer of 2018, the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation in Andros presented an exhibition with works by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901).
The exhibition curated around the central and multifaceted role which the female figure played in the œuvre of the great French artist. In total, 135 works were presented (oil paintings, drawings and prints). The exhibits were on loan from museums, foundations, galleries and private collections in France, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
The exhibition was accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue in Greek and English editions.
[…] Your eye is filled by his huge, world-renowned posters, first and foremost the Moulin Rouge, "La Goulue" (the Glutton), 1891, which made him famous overnight. One enjoys his oil paintings (fifteen among his best), like Messalina […] and the superlative Woman with Black Boa adorning the cover of the exceptional exhibition catalogue, dedicated to the memory of Elise Goulandris. In the Andros Museum one will find all the periods of his oeuvre represented, from his early drawings to the more mature works, which made him famous and labelled him the chronicler of the wild Parisian life of the 1890s. […]
The impressive women of the Belle Époque, the sad prostitutes of the Rue des Moulins, the dancers, the singers, the actresses of 1890s' Paris - all those famous and anonymous women to whom Toulouse-Lautrec dedicated his art are now in Andros. The official opening took place last Saturday evening, with Elise Goulandris a grand absentee. […] On the three levels of the Museum, the visitor has the opportunity to follow, to admire and also to comprehend the work of this eccentric painter and his significance in the History of Art. […] The Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition is one of the most important events of the year. […]
Every time we enjoy an international standard exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art of the Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation in Andros, and we see the island blooming and visitors buzzing in noble Chora, adorned with paintings by Giacometti, Toulouse-Lautrec and Chagall, we always wonder: why not Athens, too? […] The Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition was large and well hung, with relatively few paintings, but with plenty of lithographs, posters and drawings from not easily accessible collections. The photographic documentation was impeccable and the catalogue a model of scholarliness. […] Of course, the short-lived Toulouse-Lautrec is not Giacometti, Chagall or Moore; his star is paler and his oeuvre more limited in volume. Nevertheless, the exhibition is more than sufficient in number and variety of works, its subject matter (Woman as Myth) and the artist's style, particularly popular. […] This year's initiative to complement the main international exhibition with a parallel exhibition of Greek painting of the same subject matter is also worthy of praise. […]
This year, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Andros brings its public into direct contact with the work and personality of Toulouse-Lautrec. In an exhibition where one work is more beautiful than the next, comparisons between the various painting methods exceed mere pleasure; the eye admiringly explores the contours of the female bodies, not necessarily because these are naked; the visitor meets the eccentric Toulouse-Lautrec. […] Direct, experienced literally on his skin, the life that Toulouse-Lautrec describes has been conveyed whole, intact and harrowing in his works. Montmartre, the Belle Époque, its atmosphere, are revived in the Andros exhibition, exceptionally well presented as much through the photographs-documents, as through the choice of works.
[…] Two steps away from the Archaeological Museum created in 1981 and offered to the Greek State by the Goulandris couple, the Museum of Contemporary Art inaugurated in 1979 and expanded with another Wing in 1986 expects, as last year, to have more than 35,000 visitors to its exhibition "Woman as Myth" in the work of Toulouse-Lautrec, organised this summer on the occasion of the centenary of the painter's death. […]