Drawing a record audience at the Benaki Museum in Athens since its launch in April, John Craxton’s centenary exhibition has been extended until Sunday 25 September. See museum website for a programme of events in the closing week. Click here
This very special retrospective survey then tours to the Municipal Art Gallery in Chania from 9 October until 31 January – and to Mesher Istanbul from 21 March to 21 July.
Nearly 100 exhibits chart the entire Craxton career, and most especially his abiding love for Greece. Many have never been seen before. The show’s centrepiece is 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.
The display is partly lit by mermaid lamps John designed for his friend, the Greek poet George Seferis.
John Craxton’s biography by Ian Collins is available at the show in English and Greek, and there is also a beautiful bilingual catalogue.
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