Michalis Economou: The alchemy of painting
A retrospective exhibition of Michalis Economou (1884-1933), who is one of Greece’s most significant but also least promoted and well-known painters of the first half of the 20th century, will open on 30 September 2023. This is the first major retrospective exhibition of the artist, 90 years after his death, curated by art historian Dr. Aphrodite Kouria. The exhibition will run until 15 January 2024 and will feature 120 paintings from museums, foundations and private collections.
Michalis Economou coined a fully personal artistic vocabulary, making a major contribution to the renewal of modern Greek art in the genre of landscape painting. His technique is of particular interest, as it introduced innovative experimentations in the use of material mediums to Greek art: in his treatment of paint, colour and supports. This key aspect of Economou's art is brought to the fore in a variety of ways, both in the exhibition and in the lavish, bilingual (Greek-English) accompanying catalogue.
The catalogue includes colour reproductions of the artist's paintings, texts based on the original research on Economou’s painting by curator Aphrodite Kouria, as well as a comprehensive biography of the artist. The catalogue also features an essay penned by the conservator of Economou’s paintings, as well as a "dialogue" between a contemporary Greek painter, George Rorris, and Economou's oeuvre.
Exclusive catalogue sponsor: Τhe J.F. Costopoulos Foundation
Exhibition Sponsors: A.G. Leventis Foundation, Baron Michael Tossizza Foundation, Electra Hotels & Resorts, Katogi Averoff SA, Bank of Greece, Anthony E. Comninos Foundation, Karavias Art Insurance.
Educational programmes sponsor: Epirus Cooperative Bank
Under the aegis and the financial support of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture
With the support from the Epirus Region
The Averoff Museum is accessible to people with disabilities, thanks to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) donation