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PAINTERS OF HELLENISM,

YANNIS MANGANARIS

Published in Greek, French, English and Arabic

Dimensions: [27x27] cm
Pages: 246
ISBN: 978 - 960 - 98922 - 0 - 9

Athens 2009

 

The resonant works of the artist from Alexandria, consisting of numerous sketches, watercolors and oils, is represented with 268 photographs arranged in four time periods.

ALBUM PRESENTATION & EXHIBITION IN RETROSPECT

Contributors

Texts by: Stratis Tsirkas (†); Lise et Jacques Body; Spyros Kondopoulos; Costas Chrysostomides; Yannis Mavrikios (†); Sophianos Chrysostomides; Yannis Manganaris (†); Michèle Broyer-Manganaris; Vassileia Katsani.

Translations: Michèle Broyer-Manganaris (French), Hesham Hassan (Arabic), Doolie Sloman (English).

Translation into Greek (Lise and Jacques Body text): Christiana –Paraskevi Sariyianni

Selection of works for publication: Athena Skhina, Historian and Art Critic

Insurance of works:G. KARAVIAS & ASSOCIATES LTD.

Removers of works: MOVE ART A.E.

Photographs of works: Yannis and Odysseas Vaharides (Athens), Nikos Tsakanikas (Patras), Dinos Bourlis (Volos), Denis Morel (Grenoble - France), Pierre Lorius Image et Son (Montbeliard - France), Studio Prezzo (Annecy - France), Hervé de Morgenstern (France), Jürg Hummel (Switzerland), Johnny Anthon Wichmann (Denmark).

Text Editing – Project Planning, Coordination and Supervision: Vassileia Katsani

Secretariat: Xeni Gratsa

Artistic Design: Labrouli's creative

Printing and Binding: BAXAS Α.Ε.

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YANNIS MANGANARIS

Alexandria 1918 – Athens 2007

 

Yannis Manganaris was born in Alexandria, Egypt, in 1918. He was educated at the Averofeio High School and the Lycée Franҫais. He had a close connection to Stratis Tsirkas and frequented the studios of the painters Aristomenis Angelopoulos, Dimitris Litsas and Mikis Matsakis.

Manganaris was a founding member of the Athens Association of Greek Students from Egypt that was established during the Occupation of Greece in WWII and whose intellectual and artistic activity was significant. Subsequently, in Alexandria, he inspired and co-founded the Pnevmatiki Estia Ellinon Alexandrias (Intellectual Centre of Alexandrian Greeks).

He came first at the entrance exams of the Athens School of Fine Arts, where he distinguished himself from the outset. It was his good fortune to study under Konstantinos Parthenis and Yannis Kefallinos, both of them Greeks from Alexandria. He also studied History of Art and Aesthetics under Zacharias Papandoniou and Pandelis Prevelakis, obtaining a diploma of Painting, Historical and Theoretical Studies in 1943. Manganaris then studied stage design under Konstantinos Klonis and Spyros Papaloukas (1943-1944), at the same time working at the National Theatre and the Lyriki Skene, the Athens opera house. He was also occupied with engraving, sculpture and the decorative arts.

After the Occupation, during which he took part in the Resistance, he returned to Alexandria in 1947, where he attended courses at the Higher Institute of Education. Manganaris later taught Art and Painting at the Greek High School and the French Lycée until 1962, the year when he permanently returned to Greece.
For twenty years he taught Aesthetic Culture at numerous private schools in Athens, and at the Franco-Hellenic Lyceum from which he retired in 1986. He worked unceasingly from 1988 until his death in September 2007 in his studio on Sifnos, his father's birthplace.
His teaching methods and the wide range of response of his students were what constituted for him the instruments for further research and study of artistic creativity in young people.

For a number of years Yannis Manganaris took part in the Kavafeia International Symposiums representing Greece's plastic arts; together with Aris Garoufalis on musical subjects; and Angelos Vlachos for literature. He has many lectures to his credit on issues concerning the arts in general such as van Gogh; Stratis Tsirkas and Cycladic art; and he translated Auguste Rodin's Les Cathédrales de France into Greek. He was a member of the International Stratis Tsirkas Committee.

Outside Greece and Cyprus, his works are found in private collections in Britain, Egypt, France, Germany, Denmark, America, Switzerland, Monaco, Holland, and Sudan. They are also in Alexandria's Museum of Contemporary Art and Town Hall, the Athens French Institute and the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has painted frescoes in factories, banks, cultural centres and international exhibitions in Egypt. As an innovator, he used modern materials such as aluminium, lacquer, and resins. He worked with crystals to create decorative panels which often became patented inventions.

Critiques of Manganaris' work and his personality have been published in the Greek and foreign Press over the years from 1949 to 1981.

As written in his own hand, Yannis Manganaris "was born and raised in the Alexandria of Konstantinos Kavafis and of Stratis Tsirkas …". His painting "traversed diverse phases aligned along a sort of classicism, balancing the horizontality of the landscape of Egypt with the luminosity of the Mediterranean, Hellenic clarity and plasticity of the earth".

EXHIBITIONS

Α. GROUP

Hellenic Culture Foundation (Alexandria 1996); "Cairo - Berlin", Art Gallery (Cairo 1996); "Kavafeia" (Alexandria 1985); Greek-American Union (Athens 1981); "Helliggejst" Gallery (Copenhagen 1980); Institut Franҫais (Athens 1978); "Arsa" Gallery, (Thessaloniki 1975); "Leventi 3" Room (Athens 1975); Galeries Nationales (Alexandria 1960).

Β. INDIVIDUAL

Hellenic Culture Foundation (Alexandria 1996); "Cairo - Berlin", Art Gallery (Cairo 1996); "Kavafeia" (Alexandria 1985); Greek-American Union (Athens 1981); "Helliggejst" Gallery (Copenhagen 1980); Institut Français (Athens 1978); "Arsa" Gallery, (Thessaloniki 1975); "Leventi 3" Room (Athens 1975); Galeries Nationales (Alexandria 1960).

CRITIC BY STRATIS TSIRKAS(PDF)

CRITIC BY CHRYSANTHOS CHRISTOU (PDF)


 

 


 
 
 

Sponsor:

Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation

 

With the generous support of:

The Municipality of Siphnians

Michèle Broyer - Manganaris

ANAPLOUS

Anonymous Donors

 

Communication Support:

The Association of Greeks from Egypt


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