HOMAGE TO GRECO
Heraklion Museum of Visual Arts presents:
“HOMAGE TO GRECO”, "Τιμή στον Έλληνα"
5 May – 3 July 2014
3 Nymphon str. Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Heraklion Museum of Visual Arts presents the exhibition entitled " HOMAGE TO GRECO ", a contribution to the 400 years anniversary of El Greco death.
The exhibition takes place , from May 5 to July 3, 2014 , ninety participating artists were asked to create as many hangings that showcase and demonstrate, reverence and admiration for the work of the great painter who was born , grew up and studied in Heraklion .
The inauguration will take place on Monday, May 5 at 19:30 in the " Gate Pantokratora" in Chanioporta . The exhibition will be open daily 9.00-14.00 (except Saturday & Sunday) Monday & Wednesday 18.00-20.00 .
Participating Artists: Arapaki Konstantina, Apostolatou Eva , Alexakis Stelios , Amarantos Michalis, Manolis Apostolakis , Argiraki Theodosia , Sylvia Antoniades , Dimitrios Antonitsis , Alygizaki Kira , Archimandrity Maria, Amperidou Sophia, Athanasiadou Alcestis , Vlassis Aristides, Vazoukou Eirene, Verykakis Olga , Barraco Maurizio, Vathianaki Chrysi , Giosmas Socrates , Grigoriadis Maria, Antonia Grivas , Giatroudakis Popi, Grigoriadou Georgia, Dimitrakis John , Michael Dolapsakis , Sakharov Mariva , Ignatius Maria , Maria Kelaidi , Cleo Vapi, Paraskeui Karaiosifoglou , Koukoulakis Stella, Karnemolla Andreas, Kampitakis Minas, Koulakiotis Nikos, Karampatzaki Voula , Kounalis Costas , Kolipetsa Basilica , Kolyvas Spyros Kompatsiari Maria Kammenou Victoria, Nikos Kiritsis , Thanos Kyriakides , Koumantaki Dimitra , Konstantinos Ladianos , Latinopoulou Athena, Margaroni Lydia, Boviatsou Lambrini , Natasha Metaxa , Manos Effie , Braoudaki Rena , Mantzoukis Antonia , Eva Mitala, Bakalouma Eugenia, Michalitsianos Nikos , Joanna Bali , Christina Bali, Melli Elli , Mavrakaki Barbara , Mantziou - Tziala Eleutheria , Nikolaou Georgia , John Wilson , Elena Papadimitriou , Papadimitriou Vivi , Kostas Perakis , Petsoura Sylvia, Provatidis Marina, Petrakis Anastasia, Papoutsakis Marios , Platonos -Kuczera Egli , Sinou Anna, Staridas Thomas , Spanaki Joanna, Skepetzi Chrisi, Spyros Basilica , Solidakis Claus , Stavros Stellios , Toulkeridis George, Triantafyllou Anthony , Tsamandouras Zacharias , Foitou Christina, Photiadou Sophia, Fovakis Hercules , Handelis Olga , Chatzidaki Pepi , Chamidieli Fotini, Chryssovitsanos Angela , Christofilogiannis Dionisis , Chassiakos Dina , Isabelle Vielle
El Greco, born Doménikos Theotokópoulos (1541 – 7 April 1614), was a painter, sculptor and architect of the Spanish Renaissance. "El Greco" (The Greek) was a nickname,a reference to his national Greek origin, and the artist normally signed his paintings with his full birth name in Greek letters, Δομήνικος Θεοτοκόπουλος (Doménikos Theotokópoulos), often adding the word Κρής (Krēs, "Cretan").
El Greco was born in Crete, which was at that time part of the Republic of Venice, and the center of Post-Byzantine art. He trained and became a master within that tradition before travelling at age 26 to Venice, as other Greek artists had done. In 1570 he moved to Rome, where he opened a workshop and executed a series of works. During his stay in Italy, El Greco enriched his style with elements of Mannerism and of the Venetian Renaissance. In 1577, he moved to Toledo, Spain, where he lived and worked until his death. In Toledo, El Greco received several major commissions and produced his best-known paintings.
El Greco's dramatic and expressionistic style was met with puzzlement by his contemporaries but found appreciation in the 20th century. El Greco is regarded as a precursor of both Expressionism and Cubism, while his personality and works were a source of inspiration for poets and writers such as Rainer Maria Rilke and Nikos Kazantzakis. El Greco has been characterized by modern scholars as an artist so individual that he belongs to no conventional school. He is best known for tortuously elongated figures and often fantastic or phantasmagorical pigmentation, marrying Byzantine traditions with those of Western painting.
Heraklion Museum of Visual Arts
Τhe Heraklion Museum of Visual Arts, was established in May 2000 by K. Schizakis.
Its key purposes is to become a welcome space for each and every citizen, a meeting place for artists, art lovers and friends, a place of cultural exchange and collaboration in a spirit of solidarity, offering aesthetic and spiritual education and entertainment. This is hoped to be realised via the organisation and implementation of research educational and training seminars, and lectures on matters concerning art and artistic activity, the organisation of conferences, and concerts, and a publishing activity, which are being planned, whilst offering the Museum's space for exhibitions, of other collections of state-run or private Greek and foreign museums.
In the hope that this effort will be welcomed by the public of Heraklion, we inaugurate the opening of the Museum and its activities starting with the exhibition of works by Cretan artists part of the K. Schizakis collection, which form the greater part of the Museum's property.