Left to right, Niko and Barbara Ghika, John Craxton, Patrick and Joan Leigh Fermor on Hydra in 1958 Photo: Roloff Beny © Library and Archives Canada. Reproduced with the permission of Library and Archives Canada. Source: Library and Archives Canada/Roloff Beny fonds/People series, sleeve PEO 0347 Benaki Museum – Ghika Gallery, Photographic Archive, Athens

Left to right, Niko and Barbara Ghika, John Craxton, Patrick and Joan Leigh Fermor on Hydra in 1958 Photo: Roloff Beny © Library and Archives Canada. Reproduced with the permission of Library and Archives Canada. Source: Library and Archives Canada/Roloff Beny fonds/People series, sleeve PEO 0347 Benaki Museum – Ghika Gallery, Photographic Archive, Athens


Charmed Lives in Greece: Ghika, Craxton and Leigh Fermor

 PHG3227 Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika, Study for a poster, 1948, Tempera on cardboard, Benaki Museum – Ghika Gallery, Athens © Benaki Museum 2018

PHG3227 Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika, Study for a poster, 1948, Tempera on cardboard, Benaki Museum – Ghika Gallery, Athens © Benaki Museum 2018

Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 6:30 pm
at The University Club, 1 West 54th Street, New York City (map)

The Hellenic-American Cultural Foundation, with the support of the Benaki Museum, welcomes a presentation by renowned art historian Evita Arapoglou on the exhibition currently at The British Museum “Charmed Lives in Greece: Ghika, Craxton, Leigh Fermor.” Ms. Arapoglou helped create, and served as co-curator for, the exhibition, which was previously shown at the Benaki Museum in Athens and the A. G. Leventis Gallery in Nicosia.

The Greek painter Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghikas, the British painter John Craxton and the British writer Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor first met at the end of World War II. Their close friendship endured for more than fifty years, and their shared love of the Greek world deeply influenced their respective works. Images of Ghikas’ glorious landscape paintings and of Craxton’s vividly evocative scenes from everyday life, and excerpts from Leigh Fermor’s eloquent texts, are combined in a narrative of this trio’s remarkable friendship and of the unforgettable charm of life in Greece. The presentation is a vivid stroll through these artists’ intertwined lives in Mani, Crete, Hydra and Corfu. A brief video introduction featuring Ms. Arapoglou, produced by the British Museum to accompany the exhibition "Charmed Lives in Greece", can be found hereA reception with Evita Arapoglou will follow the program.

The program and reception are free of charge, but please note only registered attendees will be admitted to this event. Please be advised of The University Club’s strict dress code and house rules, available here.