alexandre skinas gallery
Tribute to iolas
For the launch of its first edition, Moderne Art Fair presents a new exhibition: “Tribute to Alexandre Iolas”, in collaboration with David Nahmad and Alexandre Skinas.
The 20th Century art dealer
Moderne Art fair highlights this exhibition about modern art, through a tribute to Alexandre Iolas, a great Greek art dealer of the second half of the 20th century and advisor to the greatest collectors of the time. He owned galleries in the United States and Europe. He contributed to many private and public art collections. He was also one of the first active supporters of the avant-garde artists of the early contemporary art of today.
As a visionary, who worshipped beauty, the story of Alexander Iolas resembles a Greek tragedy and still resonates to this day through the works of art exhibited by the galleries gathered for the opening of the first edition of Moderne Art Fair.
Dialogue between David Nahmad and Alexandre Skinas
Great dealer of international art and collector of 20th century art, David Nahmad sponsors Moderne Art Fair and is a member of the artistic committee. He offers us a captivating testimony on Alexandre Iolas who he met many times, and who is known for bringing the surrealist movement to the United States.
For this occasion, he presents a selection of paintings on the theme of the exhibition, Chirico, Brauner, Fontana and Max Ernst.
Alexandre Skinas, Alexandre Iolas’ godson opens up his family archives and pulls us into this great art dealer’s universe. Thus, we discover an avant-garde, eccentric and cosmopolitan figure who marked the artistic milieu of the 20th Century.
Alexandre Iolas was born Alexandre Coutsoudis on March 25, 1907 in Alexandria, Egypt. He grew up in the 1920s; at the time, Jews, Arme- nians, Greeks and Copts peacefully coexisted in Egypt amidst the ruins of the Ottoman Empire. As a teenager, he chose the name “Iolas”—a reference to the hero of Thebes—who drove his uncle Hercules’s chariot. Throughout Iolas’s life, his friends, clients and artists called him only by this exceptional name, which slyly cultivated the ambiguity of his origins and his personality. An extraordinary man who was exceptionally magnetic and clever with communication.
He was an artist at heart. He lived several lives before becoming a gallerist. A true artist, Iolas lived several lives before becoming a gallerist. Both a pianist and a dancer, in 1924 he left his parents to move to Berlin. With the ascent of the Nazis, he then fled to Paris in 1930.
He continued to study classical dance and joined Theodora Keogh-Roosevelt’s company with which he toured extensively before entering Jorge Cuevas Bartholin’s company, the Grand Ballet of the Marquis de Cuevas.
In 1944, due to both an injury and the rise of Nazism, he quit dancing and sought refuge in New York. He became the manager of the Hugo Gallery and associated with the Duchess Maria de Gramont, Victor Hugo’s daughter in law.
In 1955, he founded the Jackson-Iolas gallery with the dancer Brook Jackson and exhibited the surrealists (Matta, Brauner, Magritte…) that he had welcomed a few years earlier when they where fleeing Nazi occupied Europe, before taking an interest in young artists, of the New Realism movement (Raysse, Tinguely, Saint-Phalle…). It was the starting point of his intense and longstanding career as a gallerist and collector. He then set up a gallery in Paris to present Max Ernst with whom he became close friends with, as well as a gallery in Milan, Geneva, and Athens. He became a forward-thinking art dealer that directed and supported the greatest artists that marked the 20th century – a sensation in the art world.
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Works on paper
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