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An in-site view to Yannis Moralis retrospective exhibition

A great retrospective exhibition of the great Greek artist Yannis Moralis is currently on view from 20 September 2018 to the building of Peiraios Str. co-organised through an unprecedented partnership between the Benaki Museum, the National Gallery – Alexandros Soutsos Museum, the Cultural Foundation of the National Bank of Greece and Zoumboulakis Galleries, with the support of the painter’s family.

Yannis Moralis was one of the most popular artists of 20th-century Greece: pioneering painter, talented print-maker, gifted set designer and inspiring academic teacher. Through his paintings, sculptures, architectural commissions, record covers, and book illustrations, the exhibition aims to shed light on the artist’s progress from one decade to the other, bringing unknown facets of his life and work to the fore.

Furthermore to the exhibition it is included a educational program.

The little art visitors will have the chance to give answers to their own curiosity; They are landed inside an imaginary house, where there are inserted various unexpected objects, a semi-moon a half-circle, a table, a cloth and many many more. "The adventures of a circle" as the educational program is called, invites the kids to make-up rooms that would rise up the warmth of the circle line and the colors that Moralis loved and used to his paintings.

Record numbers of visitors have prompted the museum to extend the exhibition's duration by one month (until 10.02.2019)

10 things you should know about Yannis Moralis:

1. He was born in Arta , Greece. (1916)

2. He studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts under Umbertos Argyros and Konstantinos Parthenis .

3. He went to Paris to study fresco and mural work at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He also studied mosaic at the École des Arts et Métiers.

4. The first exhibition of one of his works was in 1940; numerous other exhibitions followed both nationally and internationally.

5. From 1947 Moralis taught at the Athens School of Fine Arts until his retirement.

6. In 1949 he formed, with other artists including Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghikas, Yannis Tsarouchis, Nikos Nikolaou, Nikos Engonopoulos and Panayiotis Tetsis, the "Armos" art group.

7. This group had its first exhibition in 1950 in Athens' Zappeion.

8. From the 1970s, he moved from the realistic depictions of the human form of his earlier works towards a geometric stylisation incorporating curves.

In 1976 he was elected professor at ASFA, where he taught until 1997, and also served as Dean and Associate Dean of the School (1979-1982).

He has presented his work in approximately thirty solo exhibitions in Greece and participated in several group ones, and in the ‘Art & Dictatorship’ section of Europalia (Belgium, 1982).

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