Athens, 12 May 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).
The Municipal Gallery of Athens is hosting the second part of the “The George Economou Collection” exhibition. The second session focuses on several movements: Surrealism, School of Paris, Post-War art up to the 1960’s and the New Fauves. The object of this event is to display the works of the avant-garde precursors of modernity. The exhibition this traces the evolution of art from Impressionism to the 1960’s.
The first part of the exhibition of the George Economou collections took place at the same museum and it was a remarkable opportunity to view the Greek billionaire’s collection, assembled over the past fifteen years. Economou made his fortune in maritime transport and has acquired more than two thousand works of art.
His collection is extremely heterogenous and includes works by David Hockney, renaissance painters and Picasso as well as photographs. The task of sharing this rich collection was assigned to the museum’s director, Nelli Kyriasi. She opted for a thematic and chronological approach as the first exhibition was consecrated to abstraction and the second to the twentieth century.
At the second session, visitors can discover masterpieces as well as works by lesser known painters.
The programme includes Giorgio de Chirico, Joan Miró, André Masson, Paul Delvaux, Graham Sutherland, Fernand Léger, Wilfredo Lam, Man Ray, René Magritte,Moise Kisling,Mikhail Larionov, EdgarMaxence, Ignacio Zuloaga, Karl Hofer, Pablo Picasso, Brassaï, Maurice Brianchon, Henri Rousseau, Maurice Utrillo, Jean Fautrier, Tamara de Lempicka, Duilio Barnabé, Hans Hartung, Asger Jorn, Jean-Paul Riopelle,Wolfgang Hollegha, Willem de Kooning, AndyWarhol, JimDine, Daniel Spoerri, Jean Tinguely, César, Sigmar Polke, Robert Rauschenberg, Anselm Kiefer, David Hockney, Bridget Riley, Jörg Immendorf, Georg Baselitz, Sandro Chia, Francesco Clemente, Arnulf Reiner, Gerhard Richter, André Beaudin, Juan Gris, Alberto Giacometti, Henri Laurens and David Hockney.
The diversity of the list is staggering and can only increase as the collector continues to acquire works at art fairs and auction houses and never sells any of his acquisitions.
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue of more than five hundred pages and can be seen until 2 October 2011.