To celebrate the 90th birthday of world-renowned Greek sculptor and one of the most important contemporary artistic figures of Austria, Joannis Avramidis, two famous Vienna museums are hosting tribute exhibitions to present and honor his work.
Avramidi, was also presented with the most prestigious medal of honor of the Austrian Republic by Minister of Education and Culture Klaudia Schmitd during the inauguration event of his exhibition at the Art Museum of Vienna.
The Museum is showing a selection of his sculptures and graphic work in the Collection of Greek and Roman Antiquities where they enter into a dialogue with the classical originals. The exhibition will run until Nov. 4. The other exhibition showcasing sculptures, paintings and drawings of Avramidis will be hosted at the world famous Albertina Art Gallery of the Austrian capital from Oct.17-Jan. 31.
Avramidis was born to Greek parents in 1922 in Batum at the Black Sea. From 1937 to 1939 he studied at the state art school in Batum and lived in Athens until 1943 when he moved to Vienna where he studied painting and sculpture at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts. He represented Austria at the Biennale of Venice in 1962.
From 1968 to 1992, Avramidis was head of a master-class of sculpture at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts. In 1973, Avramidis was awarded the Grosse Österreichische Staatspreis, the Austrian State Prize.