CULTURE

Yiannis Moralis’s sketches

An exhibition of works by Yiannis Moralis is scheduled to open at the Eynardos Mansion tomorrow. Organized by the National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation and the Zoumboulakis Galleries, the exhibition focuses on the well-known artist’s drawings and sketches. In their entirety, the sketches seem to put across the question: Can they stand alone as works of art per se? Though reminiscent of other, familiar Moralis works – in less elaborate versions – the drawings reflect six decades of artistic output and open new paths for those who wish to assess the celebrated artist’s overall work. The exhibition showcases some 225 drawings, categorized by decade. According to curator N.P. Paisios, while the works follow or herald the artist’s different creative periods, they are divided into two major periods as far as their use goes – those before and after the 1970s. In 1970, it seems that the autonomy of Moralis’s sketches was replaced by a more disciplined path that drove the artist toward painting. Eynardos Mansion, 20 Aghiou Constantinou, next to the Greek National Theater. The exhibition runs to February 15, 2009.