MetamorphosisBRITISH ART OF SIXTIES26 June - 25 September 2005

For the summer of 2005 the Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation is organizing - in collaboration with the British Council and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation - in the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation in Andros, a group exhibition of important British artists who built their reputation during the sixties.

The exhibition has borrowed its title "Metamorphosis" from a painting of Bridget Riley (1964), a title which denotes the intention of the exhibition to reveal the visual "metamorphoses" which emerged in the sixties as the outcome of the great social, political and cultural changes which occurred in the post-war era.

The Andros exhibition incorporates painting, sculpture, works on paper and prints drawn from the rich reserves of the collections of the Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon and the British Council, London. It focuses on the different strands coming to the fore in art in the early-mid 1960s and features key works by leading artists associated with British Pop; abstract art from the short-lived but influential Situation Group; and abstract coloured sculpture as initially defined by the famous sculptor Anthony Caro but later taken by younger sculptors who became known as the New Generation Group. In addition, there are important early works by such international figures as Bridget Riley and Howard Hodgkin.

Curators of the exhibition are Richard Riley, Curator at the British Council in London, and Ana Vasconcelos, Curator of the Modern Art Center Jose de Azeredo Perdigao of the Calouste Gulbenkian in Lisbon.

A particularly meticulous and informative catalogue of excellent design and printing quality will be accompanying the exhibition. As well as reproductions of all the works, it contains an introductory text by Kyriakos Koutsomallis, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation, and essays of the Curators of the exhibition Richard Riley, Ana Vasconcelos and Isadora Papadrakakis, Head Creativity and Society of the British Council in Greece. It also contains texts on the works of the exhibition by art historians Margarita Kataga and Elena Paleokosta, as well as biographical notes on the artists and selective bibliography

The exhibition, as every year, will be complemented by a Round Table discussion, which will take place in the Municipal Theatre of Andros, on the morning of Sunday June 26. The panel will be chaired by the Rector and President of the University of Europe, Eleni Glykantzi-Ahrweiler.

There will be daily screenings of videos relating to the era of the sixties.

Finally, guided tours for adults will be conducted daily for the whole of August, while workshops for children aged 6-13 will take place during 4-27 August.

For more information on the opening hours and children's participation in the educational programmes please contact the Museum of Contemporary Art, Andros: tel. +30 22820 22444.

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