Thursday, 11 February 2016

Municipal Gallery, Athens - the permanent collection

The permanent collection

of the Municipal Gallery, Leonidou and Myllerou, Metaxourgheio, Athens.
The museum is located in a renovated old silk factory which consists of two buildings that are separated by a narrow paved courtyard.
The museum's permanent collection consists of 20th century paintings that have a strong Greek identity but where the influence of the major art movements of the century are in evidence. 

Byzantios, Perikles, Pine Tree, (oil on cardboard)

Lykourgos Kogevinas, Santorini (oil on canvas)

Periklis Vyzantios, The model and his Reflection, (oil on canvas)

Dimitrios Galanis, Landscape in France, (oil on canvas)

Michael Economou, After the Rain, (oil on canvas)


Nikolaos Othonaeos, Landscape in Poros, (oil on canvas)

Anna Kindyni, Mother's Shelter, (charcoal)

Anna Kindyni, Starvation, (charcoal)

Celeste Poychroniadi, Mother and Child, (tempera)

Giorgos Bouzianis, Channel in Dieppe, 1930, (watercolour)

Emmanuel Zairis, The Egg Seller, (oil on canvas)

Panos Sarafianos, Family, (oil and glue on canvas)

Kostas Iliadis, Woman Resting, (oil on canvas)

Yannis Maltezos, Jeannette, (oil on canvas)


Iris Drakouli, Nude, (watercolour)

Aglaia Papa, Woman at the Window, (oil on canvas)

Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika, Ship, 1935, (oil on canvas)

Rea Leontaritou, Jug, (oil on canvas)

Nikolaos Fotakis, Landscape in Chalkidiki, (oil on canvas)

Kostas Thettalos, In the Country, (oil on canvas)

Nikolaos Nikolaou, Kifisia, (ink on paper)

Spyros Papaloukas, Mytilene Landscape, (oil on canvas)

Spyros Papaloukas, Mytilene Landscape, (oil on canvas)

Spyros Papaloukas, Road in Agiassos, (oil on canvas)

Spyros Papalooukas, Mount Athos, (oil on canvas)

Aginor Asteriadis, Landscape with Trees, (watercolour)

Errikos Frantziskakis, Forest, (oil on canvas)

Takis Elefteriadis, Eressos Landscape, 1938, (oil on canvas)

Konstantinos Parthenis, Contemplation, (oil on canvas)

Gerasimos Steris, Sea Shore, (oil on canvas)

Nikos Engonopoulos, Orestes and Pylades, 1952 (oil on canvas)

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Back in the UK


My first walk in Jephson Gardens with the Parish Church in the background.

Monday, 8 February 2016

Oloi Ena, Fila me, with Stamatis Kraounakis

Oloi Ena, Fila Me (All for One, Kiss Me), Stamatis Kraounakis

at the Michalis Cacoyannis Foundation.

The non-profit foundation was set up by Cakoyannis himself in 2003 with the aim of supporting, preserving and promoting the arts of theatre and cinema.

Anthony Quinn and Alan Bates in Zorba the Greek

A Greek Cypriot filmmaker, Cacoyannis is best known for his 1964 film Zorba the Greek, a film that celebrated joie de vivre and which had an underlying pessimism and the echo of a Greek tragedy.

He made 15 feature films which included Trojan women with Katherine Hepburn, Vanessa Redgrave and Irini Papas. He was however primarily interested in the theatre where he not only directed, but also wrote, designed costumes, produced and translated dozens of plays.  He also directed opera productions in many of the world's great opera houses. He was devoted to Greek classical drama and directed many of Euripides' plays for the cinema and theatre.

During the six years of the military junta in Greece he went into voluntary exile: 'I could not have stayed in Greece, I would have ended up in prison because I speak up', he explained.

He died at the age of 90 in a non-cemetery burial, in the courtyard of the Foundation

his grave is behind this sculpture.

Stamatis Kraounakis is a music composer, music producer, lyricist, writer and director.


We thoroughly enjoyed the concert which featured a lot of Kraounakis' songs. The performance also incorporated his innovative technique of using songs as theatrical dialogue and the singers as heroes of fictional tales.

The backdrop to the stage was a series of paper carrier bags suspended from the ceiling which looked fantastic as the lighting changed and the shadows flickered on the wall.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Another pleasant walk around Athens

We started from Makriyanni, by the columns of the Temple of Olympian Zeus and walked all the way up Dionysious Aeropagitou pedestrianised road

This is one of the few remaining Art Nouveau buildings in Athens. It's gorgeous. It's next to the Acropolis Museum and when the museum was built the authorities wanted to demolish the house as they felt it blocked the view from the museum restaurant. There was public outcry against this short-sighted decision and fortunately, the building survived.

The two mosaics on either side of the top balcony are gorgeous

as are the two relief sculptures on either side of the front door


the one on the left

and the one on the right.

This modernist building is one of my favourites

and I particularly like the steps that lead to the imposing front door.


Dionysou Aeropagitou is one of the most prestigious streets in the city, as all the houses face the Acropolis and Irodou Attikou, the Roman amphitheatre

you can see both in this photograph.

It's a very pleasant walk, circling around the Acropolis


yesterday was a gorgeous day, perfect for a spot of sunbathing.

The symmetry of this neo-classical house is wonderful


Dionyssou Aeropagitou leads to Apostolou Paulou - another neo-classical building here that has survived the developers.

At this stage we made a detour through this lovely little park

to Eptachalkou Street to visit the Berniers Eliades gallery

the exhibition I wanted to see had unfortunately ended. The movers were in the process of bringing in the next exhibition

We admired this neo-classical building

asked a passer-by about this little church perched on the rock and found out that it opens for only two days a year


We got a good view of the Acropolis when we retraced our steps and joined Apostolou Pavlou again

turned right and had lunch at Kuzina where we were joined by my sister and brother-in-law

After lunch we walked along Adrianou Street towards Kerameikos

walked over the bridge

Lykabettous Hill looked golden in the afternoon sun


zooming in

while behind us the chimneys in Gazi seemed to reach up to the sky.