Institute for Mediterranean Studies

Research Projects

PanArtExh

The Institution of Panhellenic Art Exhibitions, 1938-1987

(2020 -2022)

The proposed research project aims at the systematic documentation and critical analysis of the fifteenth Panhellenic Art Exhibitions, which were organised between 1938 and 1987 and were the most important periodical large-scale art exhibition in 20th century Greece. This study based on extensive research in state and private archives, state and private art collections, as well as in the daily and periodical press, shall provide us with essential information about the artistic production of each era (e.g. the dominant artistic trends), the means of State intervention in the arts and the trends within the art market. Finally, it will look at the art criticisms, which formed the dominant aesthetic canon, by promoting certain artistic criteria and consequently influencing the reception of the artworks by the public and the direction of the artistic production in Greece.

RICONTRANS

RICONTRANS: Visual Culture, Piety and Propaganda: Transfer and Reception of Russian Religious Art in the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean (16th - early 20th c.)

(2018 -2024)
ERC

The Russian religious artifacts (icons and ecclesiastical furnishings), held in museums, church or monastery collections in the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean, constitute a body of valuable monuments hitherto largely neglected by historians and historians of art. These objects acquire various interrelated religious, ideological, political and aesthetic meanings, value, and uses. Their transfer and reception constitutes a significant component of the wider process of transformation of the artistic language and visual culture in the region and its transition from medieval to modern idioms. It is at the same time a process reflecting the changing cultural and political relations between Russia and the Orthodox communities in the Ottoman Empire and its successor states in the Balkans over a long period of time (16th- early 20th century). In this dynamic transfer, piety, propaganda and visual culture appear intertwined in historically unexplored and theoretically provoking ways. Applying the cultural transfer approach in combination with the recent challenging openings of art history to visual studies and social anthropology, RICONTRANS aims: to map the phenomenon in its long history by identifying preserved objects in the region; to follow the paths and identify the mediums of this transfer; to analyze the moving factors of this process; to study and classify these objects according to their iconographic and artistic particularities; to inquire into the aesthetic, ideological, political and social factors which shaped the context of the reception of Russian religious art objects in various social and cultural environments; to investigate the influence of these transferred artifacts on the visual culture of the host societies.

METOPO

From the landscape of the romantics to the land art. Representations of the Greek landscape in the arts from the 18th until the late 20th century (painting, engraving, photography)

(2017 )

The project aims at the systematic recording and study of the pictorial production (paintings, prints and photographs) which is related to the Greek natural landscape from the 18th to the 20th century.

Greek artists’ Italian perspective, 18th – 19th centuries

Greek artists’ Italian perspective, 18th – 19th centuries

(2017 )

This research programme is a continuation of the programme “Greek artists in the West (15th – 18th century)”. It examines the pursuits of Greek artists who settled in various cities of the Italian peninsula and became engaged in its artistic developments, but did not cut their ties with Greece.

Art criticism in Greece

Art criticism in Greece

(2001 )

The research program aims to gather extensively into a database the writings of the most important Greek art critics of the 20th century. It intends to create an archive which will provide researchers, through a multiple and flexible search system, not only with a bibliographical record of the material, but also with the actual texts of art criticism (in form of digitized reproduction) so as to offer the possibility of their direct reading.

ELISTOKAINO

“Modernism” and “Greekness” in Art and Art Criticism, 18th Century

(2013 -2015)

Τhe aim of the program is to study the 18th century, when, on the one hand, introducing Western styles in painting is being attempted, and, on the other hand, novelties in the artistic practice lead to efforts to its theoretical establishment by translating and adapting foreign art treatises.

Russian Icons in Greece 15th- early 20th century

Russian Icons in Greece 15th- early 20th century

(2012 -2015)

The aim of the proposed research project is to initiate the systematic study of this phenomenon in its various aspects: to follow the paths through which these icons were brought to Greece, to explore the identity of those who ordered and donated them, to analyze the dynamics and the various moving factors (religious, political, ideological) of this process during its various historical phases.

Religious Art from Russia to Greece (16th - 19th Century)

An exhibition of Russian religious art objects preserved in Greek Church and Museum collections.

(2012 -2015)

An exhibition is organized that will shed light to the various aspects of the phenomenon, focusing on the movement of objects and their reception by and integration in a new ethnic, religious and cultural environment. The various paths and diverse forms of reception and adoption in the Greek world will be explored, as well as issues of dating of the Russian artworks and attribution to Russian workshops.

Greek artists in the West, 15th -19th century

Greek artists in the West, 15th -19th century

(2007 -2017)

This program aims at a deeper understanding of Greek artists' work by way of collecting biographical evidence, identifying and documenting their work, and assessing the quality of their production. The program also seeks to investigate the identity of the artists' commissioners and their status within the new cultural environment.

Western Art in Crete

Western Art in Crete

(1996 -2012)

The aim of the programme is to study the art of Crete in the Venetian period (13th–17th c.).

Paris-Athens 1919-1939: The Double Voyage / Paris-Athènes 1919-1939 : le double voyage.

Paris-Athens 1919-1939: The Double Voyage / Paris-Athènes 1919-1939 : le double voyage.

(2008 -2012)

The goal of the project is the systematic and thorough study of the cultural influences, the social relations and the reciprocal exchange of ideas between Greece and France, from 1919 to 1939.

ELISTOKAINO

Innovation and ‘Greekness’ in the Fields of Art and Art Criticism, 19th Centrury

(2013 -2015)

The aim of the program is to study the 19th century when, after the establishment of the Greek state, the transfer of Western artistic models/formulas have been instituted/established.