Tsarouchis exhibition on violet-crowned city

The Yiannis Tsarouchis Foundation invites the public to the opening of «Studies and Variations,» an exhibition of works by the artist on Sunday, November 30, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The foundation’s board of directors and its president, Niki Grypari, who is also the artist’s niece, are responsible for looking after Tsarouchis’s works. Tsarouchis painted the poetry he saw in the gallant dances of young men, and the violet color of Mount Hymettus: «No green on the slopes that gave the name of violet-crowned city to Athens,» he said. And he fought, though in vain, to save the neoclassical houses of Piraeus from being sold in exchange for space in new apartment blocks in the 1960s. His art offers a glimpse of those aristocratic buildings with their tiled roofs, one example being his painting «The Port of Piraeus from the Gionis Residence,» which was sold for well above the starting price of 60,000 pounds sterling at Sotheby’s Greek Sale. Memories are a good investment too. The Yiannis Tsarouchis Foundation is located at the late painter’s house and studio at 28 Ploutarchou Street in the northern suburb of Maroussi (tel 210.806 2636-7). The museum is open every day except Mondays and Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.