September 10 - 25 2003 Exhibition
“ Greek painter of the Ecole de Paris
selected paintings from 1955-1975 ”
Selected paintings from the work of the Greek artist known internationally as NONDA, (Epaminondas Papadopoulos), will be exhibited on September 10, 2003 at the Melina Mercouri Center under the auspices of the City of Athens and the French Embassy in Greece.
Sixty paintings selected from the period 1955-1975 will be displayed on both floors of the museum. It is a groundbreaking show which marks the 80th anniversary of one of the most important Greek painters in Paris. The large works exhibited will give visitors a glimpse of canvases ranging from oil portraits and fresco-style paintings of women from the 50’s to massive canvases of sculptural figures in powders, somber black abstractions and colorful abstract acrylics.
NONDA, a student of the acclaimed Greek engraver, Galanis, began his career with a scholarship granted in 1947 from the French Academy in Athens to study at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In 1956, encouraged by Galanis and the poet Francis Carco, NONDA earned his place in the famed Ecole de Paris among the masters of the 20th century. Center of the art world, post-war Paris hosted some of the greatest artists known today. An art historical movement called the “ Ecole de Paris “ began to link the recognized “talents” of the epoch into a group. Picasso, Braque, Dali, Kandinsky, Chagall, Modigliani, Matisse, Miro. One by one they were selected and by invitation only they were admitted to belong to this highly regarded group, the Ecole de Paris. Four Greek artists were invited to become members of the Ecole de Paris - Galanis, Prassinos, Tsingos and NONDA.
NONDA exhibited in all the historic shows at the Grand Palais which included the Salon d’Hiver, Salon d’Automne, Salon des Independants and Salon des Surindependants, alongside Picasso, Braque, Miro, Leger, Chagall and many others. A contract with the highly prestigious Galerie Charpentier, (now Sotheby’s Paris) was secured.
In 1960, with the personal interest of the French Minster of Culture, Andre Malraux, he became the first painter to transform the arches of the Pont Neuf bridge into a one-man show of enormous canvases and sculptures, thereby reviving a tradition of public, outdoor exhibitions in Europe which had lain dormant since Boucher and Chardin. This was officially sponsored for four consecutive years by the Commitie des Fetes de Paris and inaugurated by the mayor of Paris. The last of the four exhibitions in 1963 was dominated by his “Trojan Horse,” a massive sculpture erected under the arch of the bridge which became a phenomenal overnight success and led to articles and profiles in all the major newspapers worldwide.
The 1970’s were years of intense production and experimentation with various mediums. Visitors will be able to see his remarkable “spleen” series in brown and black as well as several vivid acrylics from those years.
This exhibition, NONDA, “ Greek painter from the Ecole de Paris - Selected Paintings from the years 1955-1975 ”, at the Mercouri Center in September will be a re-introduction of one of Greece’s and France’s most important modern painters, as well as honoring the link between the two great cities in his career.
Opening and reception : September 10th at 7:30 pm at the Melina Mercouri
Duration of show : September 10th- 25th
Hours: 9:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m and 5:00 - 9:00 p.m
Closed Mondays and Sunday afternoon
Melina Mercouri Center
Heraklidon 66 & Thessalonikis , Thissio
Metro stop - Thissio ( 5 minute walk from metro )