There are major celebrations in 2022 for John Craxton’s centenary – with a very special touring exhibition launching at the Benaki Museum in Athens on Tuesday 12 April and running to Sunday 11 September. The retrospective survey then opens at the Municipal Art Gallery in Chania on Monday 3 October – what would have been John’s 100th birthday. Further venues will be announced later.
Nearly 100 exhibits in Athens will chart the entire Craxton career, and most especially his abiding love for Greece. Many have never been seen before. The show’s centrepiece will be the vast Landscape with the Elements tapestry John designed and oversaw in Edinburgh, for the University of Stirling, during Greek exile under the military junta in Athens. Paying homage to traditional Cretan weaving, and to the mythology, climate, scenery and sensuality of Greece, this masterwork has never left Scotland until now. At the Benaki it will be lit in a church-like space by mermaid lamps John designed for his friend, the Greek poet George Seferis.
The Athens exhibition will launch the Greek edition of the John Craxton biography by Ian Collins from Patakis publishing and there will also be a catalogue with new texts and selected images.
More news soon an a programme of talks, guided tours and educational events.
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