Coulentianos • Prassinos – 27.01.2011 – 26.03.2011

“One friendship • Two worlds • The multiple faces of modernism”
27 January – 26 March 2011

On Thursday, 27 January at 8.00 in the evening Maria Demetriades presents a hitherto unpublished picture of the close friendship between two major Greek artists, Costas Coulentianos (1918-1995) and Mario Prassinos (1916-1985).
The exhibition brings together works from different periods to make a brief retrospection on the different routes followed by the two artists as they developed their distinct dialectic relationships with modern art in the international art centre of Paris, where their work gained recognition from the 1950s onwards.

Featuring some exquisite examples from the early paintings and drawings of Mario Prassinos from 1938 to the mature stage of his signature ‘pointillist’ style, and a selection of sculptural studies, drawings and sculptures by Coulentianos, from the 1950s and up to the sturdy wings of his iron sculptures, the show gives viewers the opportunity to appreciate the independent, eclectic spirit through which the two artists assimilated the avant-garde perceptions of art.

Coming form a different social and educational background but joined by the common experience of emigration—the Prassinos family moved to France in 1922 from Constantinople, where Marios had been born six years earlier, while the 27-year-old Coulentianos arrived in Paris in 1945 on a French government scholarship, having attended the Athens School of Fine Arts for three years and after taking active part in the Greek Resistance—these two different worlds were to meet in one of the hubs of artistic developments in Paris, the Galerie de France. Their friendship was based on their profound involvement in a contemporary approach to art, the quest for each one’s particular artistic expression and their love for Greece and the Greek culture.

The idea for the exhibition came jointly from Ben Coulentianos, Catherine Prassinos and Maria Demetriades. The curator is art historian and critic Effie Strousa.

Duration of the exhibition: 27 January – 26 March 2011

Opening hours: Tuesday – Friday 11:00 – 14:00 & 18:30 – 21:30
Saturday 11:00 – 15:00