On Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 19:00 at the Historical Museum of Crete, the Society of Cretan Historical Studies opens the exhibition Alexis Akrithakis | On the move, showcasing the works of the subversive Greek painter of the 20th century from the Zacharias G. Portalakis Modern Art Collection.
Dedicated to the important Greek artist Alexis Akrithakis in celebration of the 25th anniversary since his death, it is the fourth annual exhibition co-organized by the Society of Cretan Historical Studies and the collector Zacharias G. Portalakis.
A retrospective exhibition, as it includes paintings, constructions, collages and drawings spanning the whole of Akrithakis’ oeuvre from 1965 to 1993, it features works that have been described as "emblematic" and "fascinating". "They present us with an anthology of his work, his career, the essence of this great artist, which is intensely present in even the tiniest sketches, because he can and does hold the thread, Ariadne’s thread,which will always show him a way out to the light” as noted by the art historian Denys Zacharopoulos in his text written for the exhibition and included in the exhibition catalogue.
Exhibition organization and curators:
The exhibition was organized by the scientific, administrative and technical staff of the Historical Museum of Crete, coordinated by Alexis Kalokerinos and under the continuous care of the collector Zacharias Portalakis. The curators of the exhibition were Denise-Chloe Alevizou, Angeliki Baltatzi and Despina Pertselaki.
Οpening: Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 19:00
In the evening of the opening at the HMC “Yannis Pertselakis” Amphitheater, opening speeches on the life and work of Akrithakis will be held by Denys Zacharopoulos, Art historian, artistic Advisor and Curator of the City of Athens Municipal Art Gallery, Museums and Collections and artist Chloe Geitmann-Akrithaki. The exhibition will be opened by the Regional Governor of Crete, Mr. Stavros Arnaoutakis.
Various activities and events have been planned around The Alexis Akrithakis' year at the Historical Museum of Crete, which will include lectures, musical events and as always the free educational programs for pupils and for the elderly, which remain central to the SCHS. A retrospective exhibition, as it includes paintings, constructions, collages and drawings.