The exhibition, titled “Elegies in Stone and Metal” presents artworks by Christos Kapralos (1909-1993) and Vasso Katraki (1914-1988). Two of the most important Greek artists, showing together for the first time in a unique and historic aesthetic dialogue, the greatest Post-War Greek sculptor Christos Kapralos and the most significant Greek print maker Vasso Katraki. A dialogue between stone and metal, a timeless myth for a forthcoming contemporary history. Both Kapralos and Katraki represent the artistic expression which reflects in the most developed way possible a particularly Greek essence and the dramatic turns in history that the nation experiences.
Christos Kapralos (1909-1993) is considered one of the greatest of the Greek Post-War sculptors. He studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts with Umberto Argyros and then in Paris with Marcel Gimond. His sculpture is anthropocentric and reflects his deep love for humankind. In his work he attempts to capture emotion and sensitivity with artistic skill. His work is highly influenced by Ancient Greek art as well as influences from Greek Folk art. His subjects ranged from the human form to renderings of horses and couples all depicted with expressive qualities. His forms are simplified and rendered in positive and negative, in light and shadow and with sensitivity to shape. Kapralos exhibited extensively in numerous solo, group and international exhibitions. The Christos Kapralos museum opened in Aegina in 1995 and in 1996 another museum devoted to his sculptures opened in Agrinio.
Vasso Katraki (1914-1988) is one of the most significant Greek engravers. She began her studies at the Athens School of Fine Arts under the painter K. Parthenis and engraver Y. Kefallinos and eventually made her mark on history with her extraordinary printing method. Her artistic expression is particularly interesting due to her unique technique of engraving on sandstone. In 1955 she developed this technique and made prints from these matrices. Her work makes references to a lifetime of heroism and struggle and it is emotive and strong in its simplicity. The works exude balance and rhythm and their shapes convey the spiritual concerns of the artist. Katraki has exhibited extensively in museums and galleries worldwide and is recognized and admired for her innovative method of creating and for her interpretation of the history of her country through her own experiences. In 2006, the Vasso Katraki museum opened in Aitoliko.