The exhibition includes 270 works and is divided, conceptually and architecturally, into three sections that correspond to the three art collections held by the A.G. Leventis Foundation.
From the Paris Collection (17th-20th centuries): Housed in the collector’s Parisian apartment for over half a century, the private collection of Cypriot entrepreneur Anastasios G. Leventis (1902-1978) was acquired progressively from the 1950s to the early 1970s. The exhibition includes 67 oil paintings, watercolours and drawings from this significant collection, which has remained largely unseen and unpublished to date. The collection encompasses works by artists of the calibre of Juan de Arellano, François Boucher, Canaletto, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet, Alfred Sisley, Camille Pissarro, Paul Signac and Marc Chagall among others, offering glimpses of the high points of Western art.
From the Collection of Works by Greek Artists (19th-20th centuries): The early core of this collection was made up of the art works – oil paintings, watercolours, drawings and prints – acquired in 1973 by A.G. Leventis from Evangelos Averoff-Tositsas. Today, this important collection numbers upwards of 270 works, of which 176, created by 90 artists, are presented in the exhibition. Amongst them there are extraordinary paintings by the artists who shaped the face of Greek art from Gysis, Lytras, Volanakis and Pantazis to Parthenis, Maleas and Papaloukas, as well as the younger artists Tsarouchis, Ghikas and Moralis.
From the Collection of Works by Cypriot Artists (20th century): The exhibition includes works by the most important exponents of the first and second generations of Cypriot painters. The common feature of the eight artists represented in the exhibition is that their work focused on their experiences with nature and the people in Cyprus, each artist providing markedly different accounts.
|When: ongoing until 3 June 2012, (50, Vassilisis Sofias av.), Metro Evangelismos Where: Athens Venue: National Gallery-Museum Opening hours: Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 9 am – 3.30 pm, Wednesday: 2 pm – 9 pm, Tuesday: closed. Site: www.nationalgallery.gr|