In 2009 KIKPE acquired the greater part of the personal archive and the artistic oeuvre of the Greek diaspora painter and author Vassilis Photiades. The material that makes up the multifarious ‘Vassilis Photiades Collection’ falls into the following four categories: artistic work, correspondence, literary work and the photographic archive, with the artistic material constituting the major part of the archive. This particular section includes approximately 700 oil paintings, and 2.350 watercolours, drawings and prints. Most of these works were created in Europe during the period 1925-1965.
Particularly interesting is the unit with the correspondence between Photiades and leading personalities of the time, artists as well as distinguished figures in politics and society. These include André Gide, François Mauriac, André Malraux, Paul Valery, T.S Elliot, Jean Cocteau, George Seferis, Yannis Pappas, Robert Gallimard, Bernard Grasset and André Bay. In this unit, the correspondence between Photiades and Dimitris Galanis, comprising 90 illustrated letters spanning the period 1940-1963, holds pride of place.
Vassilis Photiades’s correspondence is complemented by the photographic and audio-visual archive with personal photographs, as well as photographs, negatives and transparencies relating to his diverse social and professional relations.
Special mention should be made here of Photiades’s literary oeuvre (prose and poetry). Indeed, some of his publications were designed by him personally and illustrated by Galanis. Significant too are the articles Photiades contributed to art and more general publications. Fascinating are the notebooks with his personal entries, embellished with sketches in his own hand.
The Vassilis Photiades Archive is currently undergoing an extensive cataloguing and management process as well as digitization of all its recordings. Through these activities, KIKPE aspires to provide public access to the collection through exhibitions and publications as well as virtually as content on the Foundation’s webs