The Rebels: Works from The Sotiris Felios Collection
The Historical Archives – Museum of Hydra has the pleasure of hosting one of the most important collections of contemporary Greek art. Alongside the Magna Carta of Rigas, the lekythos holding the embalmed heart of Andreas Miaoulis, among portraits of historical figures with their arms and in their traditional costumes, the Museum of Hydra presents, for the first time, an array of “heroes” incarnated by 33 acclaimed Greek artists from Τhe Sotiris Felios Collection.
The year 1821, a landmark in the renaissance of the Greek nation, brough to the stage of public consciousness people who still hold the position of “heroes” in our minds to this very day, two hundred years later. But it’s not just them; contemporary Greek art finds inspiration in critical times besides the Revolution, to give us people who persevere with the “struggle” to this very day, people who have thrown themselves body and soul into the matter of freedom.
It is those people that the Historical Archives – Museum of Hydra brings together on the island, with a sweeping gaze over every aesthetic element. In their midst, we can see and feel the Greek rising up against tyranny and submission, with the guidance of the remarkable artwork collection of “The οther Arcadia” Foundation. A collection that has been distilled from works by contemporary Greek creators, who make their own, distinct impact on public consciousness. The sense of awakening in youth, in love, in art and, of course, in life, manifests in the diverse versions of the “rebels” in the works of an outstanding collection and embraces the heroes of the national uprising.
That was the measure by which the 42 works that comprise the exhibition were selected; works of painting and sculpture running through the Museum’s ground floor temporary exhibition hall, as well as the spaces that house its permanent collection. Joining the “parade” will be: Io Angeli, Alexis Akrithakis, Manolis Anastasakos, Kalliopi Asargiotaki, Yiorgos Avgeros, Emmanouil Bitsakis, Christis Bokoros, Chronis Botsoglou, Antonis Choudalakis, Nikos Engonopoulos, Maria Giannakaki, Dimitris Hantzopoulos, Konstantin Kakanias, Christophoros Katsadiotis, Theofilos Katsipanos, Konstantinos Kerestetzis, Alexis Kyritsopoulos, George Lappas, Alecos Levidis, Michalis Manoussakis, Tassos Mantzavinos, Tassos Missouras, Yannis Moralis, Leonidas Papadopoulos, Constantinos Papamichalopoulos, Vassilis Papanikolaou, Kostas Papanikolaou, Kostas Papatriantafyllopoulos, Tassos Pavlopoulos, Nikos Siskos, Takis, Dimitris Tataris, and Marilitsa Vlachaki.
All the works exhibited belong to Τhe Sotiris Felios Collection. One of the most important Greek collectors, with a collection numbering more than 1,000 works by Greek artists, Sotiris Felios collaborates with the Historical Archives – Museum of Hydra for the first time.