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Gianoulis Chalepas Exhibition on Tinos Island

“Gianoulis Chalepas: return to Pyrgos” is a temporary exhibition at the Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation Museum of Marble Crafts on Tinos Island from 18th July to the 30th September 2018.

Organised by the Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation in collaboration with the National Gallery-Alexandros Soutsos Museum, the exhibition’s opening will take place on Tuesday 17th July (at 7:30pm) at the Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation Museum of Marble Crafts, in the village of Pyrgos, on Tinos.

The exhibition includes original drawings and works in plaster by the outstanding Greek sculptor from the National Gallery’s collections. In addition to these, thirty-five sketches by Chalepas belonging to the private collection of Nikolaos Doukas are being presented to the public for the first time, while the authentic photographic material enriching the exhibition is from the archives of Konstantinos P. Kalaïtzidis.

At visitors’ every step, Pyrgos, a living sculpture museum, reveals magnificent examples of the crafting of marble. Among all of these, a single name defies any common measure: Gianoulis Chalepas, a figure that continues to move people, with a totally unique place in Modern Greek sculpting. Through his early work, he belongs to the 19th century, while his second and third creative periods put him firmly in the 20th century. Through the famous Sleeping female figure in the First Cemetery of Athens he gained repute and glory from early on. Forty years of absence, his gradual discovery by scholars of the time and a great acknowledgement during his last years on Tinos created, in Athens, the legend of a saint, a beacon in the field of art: an artist who conquers modernity regardless of constraints and restrictions.

The exhibition on “Gianoulis Chalepas: return to Pyrgos” at the Museum of Marble Crafts has an undeniable uniqueness: it places Chalepas’ overall work in its “natural” space, illuminating new interpretative angles. His works, whether drawings or sculptures, placed beside the works of his fellow villagers plying the same craft, most of whom were collaborators of his family’s workshop (Kaparias, the Lyritis menfolk, members of the Lampbaditis family, and others), but also next to works by his elderly father, Ioannis Chalepas, form a unique whole, a moving joining of tesserae composing the mosaic that represents the history of marble crafting and sculpting on Tinos.

The exhibition was curated by Alexandra Goulaki-Voutyra, professor at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, in collaboration with Tonia Yiannoudakis, curator at the National Gallery. The well-documented catalogue with rich illustrations (published by PIOP Publications) was authored by Alexandra Goulaki-Voutyra with the contribution of Tonia Yiannoudakis.

The exhibition “Gianoulis Chalepas: return to Pyrgos” is part of the activities marking the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.

For more information, please visit the official site of the Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation.

Gianoulis Chalepas Exhibition on Tinos Island

17/07/2018 - 30/09/2018

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The exhibition runs from: the 18th July through to the 30th September 2018 Opening hours: daily, except Tuesdays, 10am-6pm Closed on: 15th August Museum of Marble Crafts Pýrgos, GR-842 01 Pánormos Tínou T: (+30) 22830 31290 |

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