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Reenvisioned: The Color and Design of the Parthenon Frieze 
June 14, 2018, at the Rubin Museum of Art

Pavlos Samios, renowned Greek artist and professor at the Athens School of Fine Arts, presented a short film and discussed the composition, scale, colors, and techniques used in the frieze of the Parthenon. Having studied the frieze for many years, Samios suggested how it would have been in ancient times and how the Greeks envisioned and created the decorative tableaus of the magnificent temple built in honor of the city’s patron deity Athena. 

Pavlos, after graduating from the Athens School of Fine Arts and starting his career in Athens, moved to Paris where he received international acclaim. Upon his return he explored how to combine traditional techniques with contemporary concepts. In 2000, he was offered academic tenure at the Athens School of Fine Arts to lead the lab of Byzantine Art and Traditional Techniques. 

Samios’ work has been shown in over 75 solo exhibitions internationally, including Athens, London, Paris, New York, Boston, Hanoi, Beirut and Nicosia. His work can be found in several museums and private collections around the world, and he has painted numerous chapels using the fresco technique. He is also a well-known portraitist and his portrait of Maria Callas is displayed at the Metropolitan Opera House here in New York. A reception with Pavlos Samios followed the program.


Charmed Lives in Greece: Ghika, Craxton and Leigh Fermor
April 25, 2018, at The University Club

The Hellenic-American Cultural Foundation, with the support of the Benaki Museum, welcomed 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 was 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 here. A reception with Evita Arapoglou followed the program.