CULTURE

Goulandris gifts from the garden of art and botany

Crowds descended on the Goulandris Museum of Natural History on Levidou Street in Kifissia to buy gifts that combine knowledge, art and taste. Recent additions to the collection are watercolors painted by the museum’s director, Niki Goulandris, a well-known botanical artist both here and abroad. Some of her latest works depict a hybrid peony that grew in the museum garden from two peonies that were planted close to each other, a deep red Paeonia mascula and a white Paeonia hellenica, found only on Icaria. A bee or a butterfly must have cross-pollinated the plants to produce the beautiful pink flowers. Art and science combine in another composition portraying a tulip that grows only on Crete, the Tulipa saxatillis. Signed, numbered prints that reflect the feeling of a garden and Mediterranean light, the paintings make perfect gifts. Early next year, on January 21, the museum is holding an exclusive presentation of «An Inconvenient Truth,» the book and film by Al Gore, former vice president of the United States during the Clinton administration. The 90-minute documentary has been well received wherever it has been screened. More news next year from Helbi.