A tribute exhibition of Greek painter Yannis Moralis opened on Thursday at the National Gallery in Athens. The exhibition, titled "Yannis Moralis: A classic of the 20th century" showcases 113 works by the painter that he personally donated in 1988 to the National Gallery.
The exhibition's aim is to provide an overview of Moralis' entire artistic career as defined by the artist himself through the works he donated to the National Gallery.
The exhibition is augmented by another 14 paintings dating from the artist’s last creative period, today in private collections, as well as the large mural that decorated the Mont Parnes Hotel's central dining hall.
Yannis Moralis is an emblematic figure of an artist who left a unique imprint on the identity of Modern Greek art through both his work and his teaching at the Athens School of Fine Arts.
The exhibition dedicated to the artist mainly comprises the artist’s substantial donation to the museum, including paintings, drawings and engravings. Six productive decades, from 1930 to the mid-1980s are represented in the art works in the National Gallery collections.
Committed to figurative painting and a lover of moderation, Yannis Moralis assimilated in his own way the lessons of modernism, combining the exciting developments of modernism with a contemporary reading of tradition; the successor of the Generation of the Thirties, the artist is indeed a true 20th-century classic.
Structured around the historic exhibitions by the artist, the display of Yannis Moralis’ works is illustrated by their reception from the media in articles in the daily and periodical press, which outline the historical horizon of expectation of both the public and criticism, establishing a dialogue with the works at the time of their emergence.
The exhibition, curated by Annie Malama, will run through August 29.