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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 12 October 2019
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 12 OCTOBER 2019 15 ART Vincent van Gogh, Nature morte a la cafetiere. Roy Lichtenstein, Nude with White Flower. Jackson Pollock, Number 13, 1950. llion collection in the heart of Athens “ Papers scandal, plus the claims of Elise's niece Aspasia Zaimis to a share of the collection, complicated matters further. GREEK DIASPORA'S LOVE OF THE MOTHERLAND Basil and Elise Goulandris met in New York in the late '40s. Elise was a beautiful young student there, escaping from her middle-class Athenian environ and its conventional expectations of her, while Basil and his brothers, had taken on the shipping company of their father, the Orion Shipping & Trading Company Inc, that had been founded in 1946. By 1958, the company had 82 ships. The Goulandris couple had everything they could dream of – the jet-set life of shipping tycoons, with property dotted around the world. The only thing they didn't have in fact, was children. And so, instead, they dedicated themselves to art. Their home in Paris became a meeting place of the crème de la crème of the business world but also of the arts and letters: From Callas and Baryshnikov to Chagall and Balthus. It was in 1968, in Paris, when Kyriakos Koutsomallis met the Goulandris couple, when he was studying there. In 1972 he became their personal secretary and later the director of the Goulandris foundation. As with many diaspora Greeks, Basil and Elise had a lifestyle. They therefore created Greece's first Museum of Contemporary Art in 1979, on the island of Andros (Basil As with many diaspora Greeks, Basil and Elise had a deep love for their motherland, and always wanted to offer something back to Greece, despite their international lifestyle. deep love for their motherland, and always wanted to offer something back to Greece, despite their international Goulandris' birthplace). In 1981, the Archaeological Museum followed, and in 1986 the New Wing of the Museum of Contemporary Art was also created on Andros. Now, the new Goulandris Museum of Modern Art in Athens, completes their efforts posthumously, to provide the Greek public (and those visiting Greece of course) with an absolutely fabulous cultural gift that will enrich their lives profoundly. The new Goulandris museum is the new kid on the block, of a growing cultural scene in Athens, bolstered by private funding (consider the Onassis Cultural Centre, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre, the Neon Organisation, Deste foundation), but also by the state: the National Museum of Contemporary Art, will be officially re-inaugurated in February, plus the National Gallery's much-awaited revamp is to be completed by 2021. Such endeavours are steadfastly making this city not just about its ancient cultural heritage, but instead, providing visitors with one of the most interesting and varied of cultural vistas on offer in a modern metropolis. * The Goulandris Museum of Contemporary Art is at 13 Eratosthenous Street, Pangrati in Athens. For more information, visit https://goulandris.gr/ Francis Bacon, Three Studies for Self-Portrait.
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