Charmed lives in Greece Ghika, Craxton

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This British Museum exhibition focuses on the friendship of the artists Niko Ghika and John Craxton, and the writer Patrick Leigh Fermor. Their shared love of Greece was fundamental to their work, as they embraced its sights, sounds, colours and people.

Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika (1906–1994), John Craxton (1922–2009) and Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor (1915–2011) were significant cultural figures of the 20th century. Leigh Fermor is perhaps the most widely known of the three – largely through his travel writings – and Ghika and Craxton are now recognised as two of the most remarkable artists of this period. The three first met at the end of the Second World War, becoming lifelong friends and spending much of their subsequent lives in Greece. The time they spent together and their close bonds would shape each other’s work for the rest of their lives.

The exhibition brings together their artworks, photographs, letters and personal possessions in the UK for the first time. Highlights include Ghika’s extraordinary painting Mystras and Craxton’s exuberant Still Life with Three Sailors. Also featured is Craxton’s original artwork for the book covers of Leigh Fermor’s travel classics A Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water. Many artworks and objects on display are on loan from the Benaki Museum, to which Ghika donated his house and works, from the Craxton Estate, and from institutions and private collections in the UK and Greece.

The exhibition focuses on four key places – Hydra, Kardamyli, Crete and Corfu – where they lived and spent time together. Hydra is an island where Ghika’s family home became a gathering place for the three friends, and Leigh Fermor built a house with his wife Joan at Kardamyli. Craxton restored a house at Chania on Crete, and Corfu is where Ghika and his second wife Barbara transformed an old building into an idyllic home and garden.

Together, these places chart the story of this remarkable friendship, and how the people and landscapes of Greece were a great influence on their enduring works.

 

 


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March 2018

Tuesday 20 March

    13.15

    Niko Ghika: from rocky Hydra to the gardens of Corfu

    Free / Gallery talk / Room 5

April 2018

Thursday 19 April

    09.00

    Members’ exclusive tour: The charmed lives of Niko Ghika and Patrick Leigh Fermor - SOLD OUT

    £27 / Members' special event / Room 5

Friday 27 April

    13.15

    Paddy Leigh Fermor and friends in Greece

    Free / Gallery talk / Room 5

May 2018
Saturday 26 May

    09.00

    Members’ exclusive tour: The charmed lives of Niko Ghika and Patrick Leigh Fermor - SOLD OUT

    £27 / Members' special event / Room 5

June 2018
Wednesday 20 June

    09.00

    Members’ exclusive tour: The charmed life of John Craxton

    £27 / Members' special event / Room 5

July 2018
Saturday 7 July

    09.00

    Members’ exclusive tour: The charmed life of John Craxton - SOLD OUT

    £27 / Members' special event / Room 5


WARHOL LEADS CHRISTIES CONTEMPORARY ART SALE

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WARHOL AS ALWAYS IS A STAR ARTIST

 

IT'S CONTEMPORARY ART WEEK IN LONDON

 

ANDY WARHOL SELF PORTRAITS

A SERIES OF SELF PORTRAITS BY THE MASTER POP ARTIST, CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN ARTIST ANDY WARHOL REALISED 22.6 MILLION POUNDS AT CHRISTIES, LONDON LAST NIGHT.

THE SALE TOTALLED 137 MILLION POUNDS WHICH IS VERY GOOD FOR A MID SEASON SALE BUT IT DOES NOT GO ANYWHERE NEAR THE BLOCKBUSTER SALES OF CONTEMPORARY ART IN NEW YORK.

PETER CONSTANT

 

OPENING OF CYPRUS EXHIBITION IN LONDON

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Cyprus Art Exhibition at the

Greek Cypriot Brotherhood

 Centre, London

 

 

 

His Eminence Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira and Great Britain opened the Art exhibition on Cyprus titled ‘Freedom and Democracy’ at the Centre on 5th March 2018 after a reception with Greek Cypriot wines and Greek Cypriot sweets and pastries (kindly donated by Aroma Patisserie).   The exhibition was organised by Petros Constantinou, a collector of Greek art and a passionate believer in the struggle to liberate Cyprus through peaceful means, one of which is art.

Archbishop Gregorios spoke to an audience of about forty Greek Cypriots mainly about the importance of art in our lives and about the Cyprus people and how we must believe in our future as an Orthodox Community and as a Nation of Greeks. His speech was greatly appreciated and applauded by the audience, who the Archbishop met and talked to individually before and after his speech.

Petros Constantinou welcomed the guests with an initial speech on the importance of art in Freedom and Democracy. He stressed that the struggle of Cyprus to remain independent, to be free of occupation and to return to occupied lands and homes, never dies.  He also stressed that the people of Cyprus who live on an island encircled by Turkey and under siege from all directions like the old Messolonghites are heroes.

The exhibition features works of art by Vasilis Zenetzis (1935 – 2016) depicting important landscapes and locations such as Petra tou Romiou, Paphos Limanaki, the Old Archbishop Palace, Agios Yiannis Cathedral  and Agios Kassianos Church in Nicosia and images of Kyrenia before the invasion of 1974.

Another featured artist is Antonis Andreadis (1948 – 2007) whose depictions of Cypriot people doing traditional chores such as baking bread, making noodles, making pottery, attracted the admiration of many viewers at the exhibition.  These paintings can be seen in the photo below of the Archbishop addressing the audience.

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Archbishop Gregorios, Andreas Karaolis and Petros Constantinou admiring the ‘New Archbishop Palace’ in Nicosia by Vasilis Zenetzis

 

Andreas Chrysochos (1929- ) a senior Greek Cypriot artist also features in the exhibition with two works of art.

The exhibition is open daily between 11:00-2:00 pm and by appointment until the 6th of April.

 

Peter Constant

 

 

CYPRUS EXHIBITION OPENED, THANK YOU ALL!!

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THANK YOU ARCHBISHOP GREGORIOS FOR WISE WORDS,

THANK YOU FRIENDS FOR ATTENDING OPENING

 

THE PEOPLE OF CYPRUS, THE MUSICIANS OF CYPRUS

IN A ROOM FULL OF ART LOVERS AND FRIENDS OF CYPRUS THE OPENING OF THE EXHIBITION, " CYPRUS-FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY FOR ALL", TOO PLACE IN LONDON LAST NIGHT.

IT WAS AN EVENING OF ART FOR FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY, IT WAS AN EVENING FOR CYPRUS AND ITS HEROIC PEOPLE, WHO ARE UNDER THE TURKISH YOKE, WHO ARE THREATENED AND BLACKMAILED DAILY BY TURKEY. THIS IS THE 21ST CENTURY BUT TURKEY AND ITS LEADERS BEHAVE AS IF WE STILL LIVE IN THE 18TH CENTURY OF OTTOMAN CONQUEST, PILLAGE AND EXTERMINATION OF MINORITIES.

PHOTOS OF THE EXHIBITION  OPENING WILL FOLLOW HERE TODAY!!

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT WORLD -WIDE GREEKS AND WORLD WIDE LOVERS OF FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY!!

 

THE EXHIBITION IS OPEN DAILY FROM 11:00 -3:00 AND BY

APPOINTMENT UNTIL THE 6TH OF APRIL 2018

PETER CONSTANT

CYPRUS EXHIBITION, OPENING 5TH MARCH IN LONDON

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CYPRUS- FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY

 

 

USING ART AS A TOOL TO PROMOTE THE HIGHEST IDEALS OF HUMANITY HAS BEEN OUR MISSION FOR DECADES. THIS EXHIBITION IS A CONTINUATION OF OUR STRUGGLE TO SEE CYPRUS FREE AND INDEPENDENT, DEMOCRATIC AND SOVEREIGN.

JOIN OUR EFFORT!!

EXHIBITION OPENS ON 5TH MARCH AT 8:00 PM

AT THE GREEK CYPRIOT BROTHERHOOD CENTRE, 

BRITANNIA ROAD, LONDON N12 9UK

 

THIS IS AN OPEN INVITATION FOR ALL!!