Aegina exhibition highlights island’s influence on artists

Aegina’s landscape, so near yet so dissimilar to that of Athens, has managed to retain its character despite the steady growth of construction on the island. It is this very character that has prompted many prominent artists to view the island as something of a haven, as well as an inspiration. Umberto Argyros, Spyros Papaloukas, Christos Kapralos, Yiannis Pappas, Yiannis Moralis, Nikos Nikolaou, Giorgos Manousakis, Maria Pop and Andreas Vourloumis are just a few of the many painters and sculptors who came for extended stays on Aegina and used this, their second home, in their work. Many still come today – among them, distinguished architect Kyriakos Krokos – seeking inspiration from the island’s ochre, crimson and periwinkle hues that merge in the harmonious scenery. Mikri Arktos, a Greek record label, was motivated to hold an exhibition in celebration of the island’s popularity with artists. Organized by art historian Iris Kritikou, «Artists’ Aegina» opened recently at the Aegina Folklore and History Museum. On October 9, the exhibit will travel to the capital, where it will be housed at the Melina Mercouri Cultural Center, in cooperation with the Cultural Organization of the City of Athens, until October 30.