CULTURE

Nikos Hadzikyriakos-Ghikas retrospective at the Benaki

The Benaki Museum pays tribute to a great Greek personality, both on a local and international level, artist Nikos Hadzikyriakos-Ghikas (1906-1994), with an exhibition at its new wing. A retrospective exhibition of the master’s works goes on display at the Pireos building beginning today. The artist himself had donated a large portion of his works to the museum, along with a building on Kriezotou Street in downtown Athens which will soon house a new museum showcasing Hadzikyriakos-Ghikas’s oeuvre. The works The exhibition includes 120 oil paintings, 300 sketches (most of them unpublished), 30 sculptures and 40 engravings. Art historian Dora Iliopoulou-Rogan is the exhibition’s curator. She also undertook the editing of the lavish, bilingual and richly illustrated catalog. A multifaceted, gifted man, Hadzikyriakos-Ghikas was a painter, sculptor, set designer, author, poet and intellectual, a humanist in the Renaissance sense of the word. He is one of the few Greeks who gained international recognition from a very early age. New Wing of the Benaki Museum, 138 Pireos & Andronikou, Gazi, tel 210.345.3111-3. To January 21.