Photis Kontoglou

Τhe Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation presents its new temporary exhibition, titled “Photis Kontoglou and his influence on the younger generation”. The exhibition is a tribute to the 100-year anniversary of the national disaster of the uprooting of the Greeks of Asia Minor from their century-old roots. This anniversary has been recorded as a major chapter in what is considered, par excellence, a disaster in Greek history. It is a time of recollection and remembrance.

Memory seeks a way out towards the origins of historic time and at the same time it serves as a reminder of the debt and obligations towards those who strongly objected to the erosion of collective memory, turning the intention to restore the sanctuary of “Greekness” and rekindle the fire of tradition that has been sidelined for one hundred years into a matter of national responsibility.

Photis Kontoglou, one of the leading personalities of that generation, as a genuine spokesperson advocating the need to return to established and folk tradition saw it necessary to end the guardianship of and the dependence on the art movements of the West. He wanted tradition to be Greek and in line with Orthodoxy.
At a time when all relevant concepts were shaken by the swirl of multicultural transformation and the traditional structure was under the pressure of deconstruction, Photis Kontoglou, as the heir of the educational values of Aivali, felt obliged to object to the so-called “Attic narcissism”, according to Tsarouchis, and draw from the depths of his soul the dormant values of his cultural references.
Despite the occasional criticism, it is certain that both his narrative painting and his spiritual doctrines have left an indelible mark and have deeply influenced Greece in the 20th century.

Under the patronage of H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic Ms. Katerina Sakellaropoulou.

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