The Greek painter Dimitris Perdikidis (1922–1989) was born in 1922 in Neo Faliro, but lived in Madrid from 1953 to 1985. A member of the Spanish avant-garde movement, he never lost touch with artistic activity in Greece.
The neoclassical building of the “Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation” on Praxitelous 169 & Bouboulinas in Piraeus, in a specially designed exhibition area, hosts for the first time a permanent exhibition of Dimitris Perdikidis’ works, donated by or on loan from his children, Leonidas and Denise Perdikidis. The exhibition comprises 60 paintings, including oil paintings, drawings and mixed-media works, offering the public the opportunity to experience the art of one of the most significant contemporary Greek artists of the 20th century.
The exhibition covers chronologically the entire artistic activity of Perdikidis, with prominent examples of each period; thus, it aims to highlight the importance of Dimitris Perdikidis in contemporary art, especially in the Greek and Spanish environment, thanks to his consistency as an artist and the quality, creativity and originality of his work. Nine thematic categories facilitate browsing the exhibition and inform the visitor of the main feature of Perdikidis’ work: from the portraits of his relatives when he lived in Neo Faliro to the works he submitted in the Venice Biennale in 1964 and 1966, and the serigraphs he created for a limited edition of Romiosyni by poet Yiannis Ritsos.
The exhibition’s opening took place on Monday, 19 May 2014. Among those who spoke with great emotion about the artist and his work were Panos Laskaridis, President of the ‘Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation’, Leonidas Perdikidis, Dimosthenis Kokkinides, Emeritus Professor of the Athens School of Fine Arts and childhood friend of the artist, and Manos Stephanidis, Professor of Art History in the University of Athens. The exhibition curator and researcher of Perdikidis’ work, Miguel Fernández Belmonte, gave a guided tour of the exhibition. The event was attended among others by the Ambassador of Spain to Greece, Mr. D. Alfonso Lucini Mateo. For a slide show of the works of the exhibition, please click here.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 13.00–17.00
Wednesday, Friday 13.00–20.00
Below you can find a small selection of the renowned painter’s works: