The exhibition dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the beginning of the struggle of the Greek people for independence and freedom from the Ottoman yoke opened at the BHFC on March 25, 2021. It features 35 portraits of historic personalities including members of the “Filiki Eteria”, military leaders, heroes of revolutionary battles, philhellenes, public figures and state leaders of the national liberation struggle in Greece.
The author of the exhibition, Ukrainian artist Alexander Lantukhov, was born in Odessa and received his artistic education at the Odessa Children’s Art School, Odessa Art College and the Academy of Arts of Ukraine. The presented collection of his graphics represents an inspiring and focused look at the heroic personalities of Hellas, as well as the pan-European Philhellenic movement. The artist also embodies a dynamic vision of a living historical heritage, relevant both for modern Greece and for the international European community of the twenty-first century, united by common challenges and deep roots of common ideals.
The artist worked on the exhibited graphics for two and a half years.
“Today, 200 years after the determining events in the history of Hellas, the idea of a modern artistic interpretation of prominent figures of 1821 seems to me very relevant both for Greece and for the united Europe, since the movement of philhellenism undoubtedly belongs to its deep roots”- Alexander Lantukhov notes.