IN 1966, the first Zoumboulakis Gallery opened its doors to the public on Kriezotou Street, downtown Athens. This gallery, was joined by a second Zoumboulakis gallery (in 1973) on Kolonaki Square. Together, these art spaces helped in the modern artistic enlightenment of Athenians of those days – a conservative and traditional public on the most part, that was not so familiar with the ways of modern art. And it is not far-fetched to say this, because there was only a handful of galleries functioning in Athens anyway around that time…
The first Zoumboulakis gallery showcased the works of the ‘30s generation of Greek artists (Moralis, Hadjikyriakos-Ghika, Tsarouchis, Tetsis among them). The second gallery was inaugurated with an exhibition of works by Takis – and continued to present the works of the ‘60s generation. But over the years the works of some of the most prominent Greek artists have featured at the Kolonaki space. Dynamic gallery owner Peggy Zoumboulakis’ work has been complemented by the more contemporary style of her daughter’s – the latter having helped develop the gallery’s activities in new ways: expanding even further in 1995, with a branch on Pireos Street, while Zone D is another project which has allowed for some contemporary exhibitions to be realised outside of the galleries’ walls.
The historic Zoumboulakis galleries are now currently presenting a collection of signed silkscreen prints, etchings, engravings etc by their Greek artistic collaborators, plus other artists who have collaborated with them for their special art prints. Among them, you will find historic names such as Akrithakis, Elytis, Moralis, Nikolaou, Kosmas & Konstantinos Xenakis, Hadjikyriakos-Ghika, Tsarouchis, De Chirico, Sonia Delaunay, Miro, Pavlos, Niki de Saint Phalle and Takis. The show runs till March 26. (www.zoumboulakis.gr)
(Top to bottom: prints of paintings by Hadjikyriakos-Ghika, Moralis, Tsarouchis, and also a photo of artist Tsarouchis signing some of his prints)