TELOGLION FINE ARTS FOUNDATION A.U.TH. / THESSALONIKI
Unexpected changes of courseA retrospective exhibition entitled "Unexpected changes of course" by Aristotle Vassilikiotis (1902-1972), a well-known and unknown painter of the 20th century, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his death, is hosted at Teloglion. Born in Evpatoria, Crimea, which he left due to the October Revolution, Vassilikiotis carved his own path in art, with main stops in Greece, France, Ethiopia and Egypt.
The mature works in the exhibition are those that mark Aristotle Vasilikiotis' return to the literary tradition of his hometown. Free from any compulsion, he turned to the memories of his childhood, when he read works of the Ukrainian-born writers Nikolai Gogol ("Viy", "The Nose") and Vladimir Korolenko ("Makar's Dream"). In these works, the strong contrasts of mainly complementary colours, forming wide bands, dominate. The artist became bolder compared to the two previous decades of his artistic career and turned more towards simplicity and the emergence of the essential, without ending up in abstraction.