This exhibition runs from Sun, 1st Jul 2018 to Sun, 15th Jul 2018. See all dates
This event runs over several days/weeks. Dates include:
Cost: Free of Charge
The exhibition brings together their artworks, photographs, letters and personal possessions in the UK for the first time.
Highlights include Ghika’s extraordinary painting Mystras and Craxton’s exuberant Still Life with Three Sailors. Also featured is Craxton’s original artwork for the book covers of Leigh Fermor’s travel classics A Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water. Many artworks and objects on display are on loan from the Benaki Museum, to which Ghika donated his house and works, from the Craxton Estate, and from institutions and private collections in the UK and Greece.
The exhibition focuses on four key places – Hydra, Kardamyli, Crete and Corfu – where they lived and spent time together. Hydra is an island where Ghika’s family home became a gathering place for the three friends, and Leigh Fermor built a house with his wife Joan at Kardamyli. Craxton restored a house at Chania on Crete, and Corfu is where Ghika and his second wife Barbara transformed an old building into an idyllic home and garden.
Together, these places chart the story of this remarkable friendship, and how the people and landscapes of Greece were a great influence on their enduring works.