On Saturday, October 17 2015, the European Cultural Centre of Delphi honoured Lucilla Mussini-Bombieri, donor of 21 works by the surrealist artist A. Mayo (Antonis Malliarakis), which since last July have adorned the collections of the European Cultural Centre of Delphi. During the ceremony, the Mayor of Delphi declared the donor an honorary citizen of Delphi.
Originally from Port Said, Egypt and from the Greek island of Kassos, A. Malliarakis went to Paris at the age of 18 and became acquainted with important representatives of the French artistic avant-garde and their work. He is considered a prominent member of the French avant-garde and one of the most original representatives of visual surrealism.
L. Mussini-Bombieri’s donation included ‘Man with a veil’ (1930/1931), ‘The Bird’ (1937), ‘An evening in Cannes’ (1948), ‘The Cold Dawn’ (1964), ‘The Forgotten Spring’ (1964), ‘The Lady of the Lake’ (1968), ‘The Bed’ (1974), ‘The Abduction’ (1977), ‘The Creation’ (1979), etc. as well as part of the artist’s valuable archive.
The ceremony was followed by a guided tour at the exhibition and the renovated Sculpture Park. Part of the cost of the restoration of the Park was covered by a grant from the Association ‘The Friends of the European Cultural Centre of Delphi’.
Curator of the exhibition: Efi Andreadi, art critic