Ellenico Plurale: Dipinti dalla Collezione Sotiris Felios
‘The other Arcadia” proudly presents “Ellenico Plurale: Dipinti dalla Collezione Sotiris Felios”, an exhibition held under the auspices of H.E. the President of Italy, under the patronage of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activity and in cooperation with the Embassy of Greece in Rome, featuring contemporary Greek painters and their works from the Sotiris Felios Collection at the main hall of the Complesso del Vittoriano in Rome, as of Tuesday 27th November.
“Ellenico Plurale” brings together 88 works of art representing the overwhelming majority of painters in the Sotiris Felios Collection. The curator of the exhibition is the renowned Italian art historian and critic Giuliano Serafini who, faithful to the spirit of diversity so typical of the Sotiris Felios Collection, grouped paintings into seven thematic categories:
- Tra memoria e realtà (Kostas Argyris, Vassilis Papanikolaou, Kalliopi Asargiotaki, Emmanouil Bitsakis, Achilleas Papacostas, Alecos Levidis, Konstantinos Kerestetzis, Thanassis Makris)
- Il corpo estremo (Stefanos Daskalakis, Giorgos Rorris, Ilias Karras, Jannis Psychopedis)
- Viaggio oltre (Chronis Botsoglou)
- Metafisica dell’essere (Christos Bokoros)
- L’opera selvaggia (Tassos Mantzavinos)
- Perversione della rappresentazione (Michalis Manoussakis, Tassos Missouras, Theofilos Katsipanos, Edouard Sacaillan, Nikos Siskos, Xenofon Bitsikas)
- Natura ritrovata? (Kostas Papanikolaou, Maria Filopoulou, Anna Maria Tsakali)
A painting by Yannis Moralis is exhibited separately.
And thus “the plural (plurale) character of this assembly”, as Marina Lambraki-Plaka highlights, “does justice to the title of this exhibition which is Ellenico Plurale”.
This is the third time the Sotiris Felios Collection is featured outside of Greece: so far it has been on display at the Sismanoglio Megaron (Istanbul, November 2010), and the Hellenic Institute for Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Studies (Venice, June 2011) as a collateral event of the Venice Biennale.
The 208-page-long exhibition catalogue is bilingual (English and Italian) including, among others, texts and introductory comments by Greeks and Italians such as Michael Cambanis – Ambassador of Greece to Italy, Prof. Marina Lambraki-Plaka – National Gallery Director, Nikos Xydakis – art historian, Irene Orati – art historian, Alessandro Nicosia – Complesso del Vittoriano director, Prof. Claudio Strinati – art historian, Prof. Louis Godart – an expert on Greece and advisor to the President of the Italian Republic, Giuliano Serafini – curator and Sotiris Felios, the collector.