Unexpected changes of course

A 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.

Through 60 works (oil paintings, gouache, watercolours, etc.) by the artist and archival material presented for the first time, his love for the exotic, the diverse, which he cultivated during his residence in Ethiopia, as well as his inspiration from the Greek landscape (Aegina, Pelion, Attica) with an emphasis on Mykonos, are highlighted. The personal ties he developed with this Cycladic island after his marriage to the Myconian woman Frosso Axiotis, sister of the writer Melpo Axiotis, show another side of its idyllic beauty, escaping the limitations of the maniera of white houses.

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.

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