DRAWING is the backbone of art. It is where all forms of art start. Whether it be a painting or a sculpture, or even in the applied arts (e.g. fashion, jewellery), works often start off as a simple (or not so simple) drawing. In architecture too, we have many examples – Renzo Piano’s design for Athens’ Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre, started off as a simple drawing on a napkin, while Santiago Calatrava’s St Nicholas church at New York’s ‘ground zero’ location, began as a series of drawings of the Madonna and Child.
The Evripides Gallery is paying tribute to this primordial human form of creativity, and fundamental component of all art processes, via a show entitled ‘In Drawing Mode’, where you can see for yourself, how great art ideas, start off by putting pen (or pencil, or felt tip pen etc.), to paper. Drawings and sketches by the gallery’s contributors, have been exhibited alongside the drawings of an older generation of Greek masters: Mimis Kontos, Yiannis Tsarouchis, Panayiotis Tetsis, Alekos Fassianos, Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika. This exhibition is on the ground floor, while upstairs the solo exhibition by Lila Papoula continues. Both exhibitions run till December 9.
• On December 2, at 12.30pm, the Evripides Gallery will also be combining art with live classical music: three musicians (Vassiliki Krei on flute, Yvonni Melissa on violin, Ioanna Leivaditi on cello), who have formed the chamber music ensemble ‘The Londer trio’, will be performing works by Bach, Haydn and Pichl. (Free Entrance). Lila Papoula will also be giving a guided tour of her exhibition after the music performance.
• Full list of participating artists in the exhibition ‘In Drawing Mode’: Michalis Amarantos, Kostas Ananidas, Dimitris Andreadakis, Chryssa Verghi, Erietta Vordoni, Savvas Georgiadis, Maria Giannakaki, Eirene Gonou, Vasilis Goumas, Eirene Iliopoulou, Deny Theocharaki, Yiorgos Kouvakis, Spyros Kotsalas, Michalis Madenis, Kalliroi Marouda, Nikos Michalitsianos, Timos Batinakis, Anna Bili, Andreas Nikolaou, Christos Pallantzas, Miltos Pantelias, Achilleas Papakostas, Pavlos Samios.
• The Evripides Gallery is on the cnr of 10 Iraklitou & Skoufa sts, Kolonaki. Tel: 210-361-5249/210-361-5909. http://www.evripides-art.gr. Open Tues, Thurs, Fri: 11am-8.30pm; Wed: 11am-5pm; Sat: 11am-4pm.