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On the 30th anniversary of Nico Hadjikyriaco Ghika’s death, Dr Megakles Rogakos presents the album he compiled to celebrate the centenary of the sculptor’s birth.

Nico Hadjikyriaco Ghika (1906-1994) was one of Greece’s most important modernist artists. To commemorate the 30th anniversary of Ghikas death this year, Dr Megakles Rogakos presents the album he compiled entitled Reincarnated Painting: Sculpture by Ghika. This was published in 2006, the centenary of artist’s birth. The title refers to Ghika’s love of the Orient, as well as the painterly quality of his sculpture. The album covers all of his known sculptural output: seventeen sculptures in the round, fifteen reliefs, three masks and nine pieces of jewellery. In the album these sculptures are paired with their sources of inspiration in ancient Greek art, including Medusa, Odysseus, Nausicaa, Aphrodite, Hercules and the Lernaean Hydra, and Artemis. Rogakos has compared Ghika’s works with what he regards as their sources and allusions, for example Renaissance sculpture, along with works by Edgar Degas, Sonia Delaunay, Jacob Epstein, Jean Fautrier, Marino Marini, Henri Matisse, Henry Moore, Ben Nicholson, Georgia O’Keefe, Pablo Picasso and Germaine Richier. Rogakos intends to show that Ghika’s sculpture is effectively an Odyssey through art history.

Megakles Rogakos holds a BA in art history from The American College of Greece (1997); an MA in Arts Policy & Management from the City University, London (1998); another MA in art history and theory from Goldsmiths College, London (1999) and a PhD in Philosophy and History of Art at the University of Essex (2016). From 2000 to 2004 he worked as an information officer at the Tate Gallery, conducted academic research and curated a series of multimedia exhibitions. From 2004 to 2012 he was ACG Art Curator at the American College of Greece. Since 2012 he has been active as an independent art historian and exhibition curator. He also publishes reviews of art exhibitions, mainly at www.elculture.gr, as well as at www.visuelimage.com/. His curatorial work is published on his blog website, ww.megaklesrogakos.wordpress.com.

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On the 30th anniversary of Nico Hadjikyriaco Ghika’s death, Dr Megakles Rogakos presents the album he compiled to celebrate the centenary of the sculptor’s birth.

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Nico Hadjikyriaco Ghika, Spring, 1977, bronze diam. 6cm., American College of Greece.


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