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Dimitris Pikionis (1887 – 1968): The Architect, the Painter, the Thinker

The National Library of Greece organizes a series of events and lectures in its new location at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center.

Friday June 22, 18.30 – 20.30 , Book Castle NLG

Dimitris Pikionis (1887 – 1968): The Architect, the Painter, the Thinker

In the course of this event, in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Dimitris Pikionis, we shall attempt to explain "why, without Pikionis, this country has become a poorer place" (Ζissimos Lorentzatos).

As most people know, Pikionis was an architect. His profound and precise reflections, his landscaping of the Acropolis and the Hill of Filopappou, the Playground in Filothei –all carefully thought-out by him with utmost dedication– testify to his fine architectural thinking and practice, guided by "the inner eye."

As fewer among us know, Pikionis, as an architect, was a great autodidact, gifted with the perceptive powers of a painter. A student of Parthenis, a friend of DeChirico and Bouzianis, inspired by Cézanne and unknown Greek folk artists, he never ceased drawing and painting, aspiring at capturing what is eternal and fundamental.

Pikionis was also a profound intellectual, a deep thinker in times of critical transition: this is the least known fact about him. His writings and lectures still enlighten us, awaken us, and inspire us.

Introductory Remarks
Agni Pikioni, D.Pikionis, Non-profit Organisation

Dimitris Filippidis, National Technical University of Athens
The Architect

Antonis Kotidis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
The Painter

Maro Kardamitsi-Αdami, National Technical University of Athens and The Benaki Museum
Dimitris Pikionis, Τhe "Legend"

Manos Dimitrakopoulos, Vice President of the Supervisory Council of the National Library of Greece