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George Economou


11 Nov 2022

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Greek ship owner George Economou has amassed a large and eclectic collection. His collection, which has grown rapidly since the late 1990s, provides a deep insight into early 20th century European art, focusing on central movements such as German Expressionism and New Objectivity. In recent years, his collection has grown to include an important holding of postwar and contemporary art. Works by noted international artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Mark Bradford, Alberto Burri, Dan Flavin, Lucio Fontana, Robert Gober, David Hammons, Donald Judd, Ellsworth Kelly, Yves Klein, Agnes Martin, Paul McCarthy, Charles Ray, Jenny Saville, Kazuo Shiraga, Frank Stella and Jeff Wall stand alongside pieces from German artists such as Georg Baselitz, Isa Genzken, Andreas Gursky, Günther Förg , Martin Kippenberger, Albert Oehlen, Sigmar Polke, Neo Rauch and Günther Uecker.

The George Economou Collection organises one or two exhibitions a year in the space in Athens. The current exhibition is a unique collection by the German sculptor Katharina Fritsch, who has made a significant contribution to the visual arts since the early 1980s. Fritsch’s exhibition at the George Economou Collection is her first solo show in Greece, a country whose history of figurative sculpture, mythology, and storytelling resonates with her work and adds a new layer to its reception.

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