“George Economou”

When museums deal with private collectors

The Art Newspaper reports that for several years now, museum directors have been organising exhibitions for collectors with private museums overseas, to make up for their lack of public funds. Frances Morris, director of the Tate Modern, notably organised a post-war Asian and European art exhibition for the private museum of collector George Economou in Athens, just as curator Mark Godfrey coordinated a minimalist art retrospective for him earlier in the year. And the Greek collector, a board member of the Tate Foundation, made a big donation to the Tate Modern… Iwona Blazwick, director of the Whitechapel Gallery, also settled a three-year agreement with the British-Canadian Weston family, in 2011, in exchange for which an exhibition was organised in their residence in Windsor, Florida. Meanwhile, director of the LACMA, Michael Govan, has worked with François Pinault to help him acquire an installation by Bruce Nauman, For Beginners (2010), and the museum today owns 50 % of the work. Bear in mind that Govan also curated an arte povera exhibition at Punta della Dogana, Pinault’s private museum in...

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“Talking Heads” : a selection of works from the George Economou Collection

Athens, 11 July 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). From June to September 2012, a selection of works entitled “Talking Heads”, owned by the Greek collector George Economou, is on display in the new building of the George Economou Collection in Athens. This is the first time that such a large portion of George Economou’s collection of contemporary and African art has been unveiled to the public. On display is the first in a series of exhibitions from the collection, which brings together a great variety of works from different cultures and artists, dating from 200 BC to today. The exhibitions focus on the influence of African art, Western portraiture, representations of the face and identity over the centuries, and the role of disfigurement in representations of the psyche. “Talking Heads” opens a dialogue between the collection’s African masks, portraits, and modern sculptures. The exhibition is designed in three parts. The first presents masks from Ghana, Nigeria, Mali, and the Democratic Republic of Congo as an intermediary between the human being and the unknown. The second part is based on the juxtaposition of these masks and modern works such as a Fauve portrait by Kees van Dongen or a Cubist portrait by Auguste Herbin, while the third part treats contemporary approaches to identity and the face through new mediums and artist techniques used by Neo Rauch, Gary Hume, and Joannis Avramidis. The George Economou Collection reflects the dynamism and the complexity of different periods in art history. It includes renowned artist works from Eugène Delacroix, FélixVallotton, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, as well as the complete Otto Dix graphic collection, Otto Mueller’s graphic works and a substantial collection of African art. Maritime shipping tycoon George Economou is an atypical collector whose collection contributes significantly to the Athens art...

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George Economou’s collections exhibited in Greece

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...

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