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Theodore Rallis. Looking at the East

Until 22 Feb. 2020 - Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece


The painter Theodore Rallis, originally from Chios, was born in Constantinople and lived most of his life in France. His artistic work, inspired by Greece and the Middle East, formed in the context of the European stream of Orientalism and executed in accordance with the academic technique of the French school, helped to create the newest artistic tradition in Greece. The exhibition reveals the work of this important Greek painter through selected paintings, documents, letters and photographs. At the same time, he presents drawings for illustrating books, works inspired by literature and poetry, excerpts from his diary from the Holy Mountain, as well as a selection of his articles in the press of the time.

The exhibition is divided into three sections: the introductory archive, the "Faith in the East" and the "Harem with the Bath" section, seeking to explore the "look" of the West towards the "other" East, whose representation - as has been studied to date - raises many questions and is subject to constant refinement.


For more information: https://www.lifo.gr/guide/arts/2855



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