For the summer of 2005 the Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation is organizing - in collaboration with the British Council and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation - in the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation in Andros, a group exhibition of important British artists who built their reputation during the sixties.
The exhibition has borrowed its title "Metamorphosis" from a painting of Bridget Riley (1964), a title which denotes the intention of the exhibition to reveal the visual "metamorphoses" which emerged in the sixties as the outcome of the great social, political and cultural changes which occurred in the post-war era.
The Andros exhibition incorporates painting, sculpture, works on paper and prints drawn from the rich reserves of the collections of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon and the British Council, London . It focuses on the different strands coming to the fore in art in the early-mid 1960s and features key works by leading artists associated with British Pop; abstract art from the short-lived but influential Situation Group; and abstract coloured sculpture as initially defined by the famous sculptor Anthony Caro but later taken by younger sculptors who became known as the New Generation Group. In addition, there are important early works by such international figures as Bridget Riley and Howard Hodgkin.
Curators of the exhibition are Richard Riley, Curator at the British Council in London , and Ana Vasconcelos, Curator of the Modern Art Center Jose de Azeredo Perdigao of the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon.
A particularly meticulous and informative catalogue of excellent design and printing quality will be accompanying the exhibition. As well as reproductions of all the works, it contains an introductory text by Kyriakos Koutsomallis, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Basil and Elise Goula ndris Foundation, and essays of the Curators of the exhibition Richard Riley, Ana Vasconcelos and Isadora Papadrakakis, Head Creativity and Society of the British Council in Greece . It also contains texts on the works of the exhibition by art historians Margarita Kataga and Elena Paleokosta , as well as biographical notes on the artists and selective bibliography
The exhibition, as every year, will be complemented by a Round Table discussion, which will take place in the Municipal Theatre of Andros, on the morning of Sunday June 26. The panel will be chaired by the Rector and President of the University of Europe, Eleni Glykantzi-Ahrweiler.
The exhibition consists of paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures of the following artists: David Annesley, Gillian Ayres, Peter Blake, Derek Boshier, Patrick Caulfield, Bernard Cohen, Barrie Cook, Robyn Denny, Antony Donaldson, Richard Hamilton, David Hockney, Howard Hodgkin, John Hoyland, Paul Huxley, Allen Jones, Michael Kidner, Jeremy Moon, Eduardo Paolozzi, Peter Phillips, John Plumb, Bridget Riley, Peter Sedgeley, Colin Self, Richard Smith, Ian Stephenson, Joe Tilson, Michael Bolus, Anthony Caro, Garth Evans, Philip King, Isaac Witkin.