The Prossalendi’s “Britannia” exhibition is organised in two parts – the Historic and the Contemporary.
The Contemporary Part is supervised by Megakles Rogakos and curated by four associate researchers – Ioannis N. Arhontakis, Georgia Damianou, Georgia Kourkounaki and Constantinos V. Proimos. The Curators have commissioned distinguished contemporary artists – Greek and foreign with respect to gender – to recreate their own version of Prossalendi’s Britannia through their personal visual style and vocabulary. So, the contemporary part of the exhibition features 35 works by an equivalent number of artists – Ileana Arnaoutou, Emmanouil Bitsakis, Lamprini Boviatsou, Thodoros Brouskomatis, Ricardo Cinalli, Dimosthenis Gallis, Milly Flamburiari, Nikos Giavropoulos, Ken Howard, Marion Inglessi, Yanna Kali, Stella Kapezanou, Aris Katsilakis, Alexandros Maganiotis, Georgia Matsamaki, Dimitris Merantzas, Alkistis Michaelidou, Nicholas Moore, Pantelis Pantelopoulos, Aemilia Papaphilippou, Konstantinos Pardalis, K. N. Patsios, Artemis Potamianou, Natassa Poulantza, Irene Pouliassi, Vagelis Robolas, Margot Roulleau-Gallais, Anthony Scullion, Dimitris Skourogiannis, Aris Stoidis, Shubha Taparia, Yorgos Taxiarchopoulos, Olga Tobreluts, Amikam Toren and Adonis Volanakis.
This part of the Prossalendi’s “Britannia” exhibition will be presented at the Ionian Academy, Corfu, in the period 1 – 30 September 2018.
The Historic Part is curated by Megakles Rogakos and includes the following works: (1) the portrait of The Knight Paolo Prossalendi, Painter and Statue Maker, by Spagnoli after Calosguro, of the Corfu Reading Society; (2) Prossalendi’s plaster Study for the Bust of Nugent of the Corfu Reading Society; (3) Prossalendi’s bronze Bust of Nugent of the Palace of SMSG; (4) Calosguro’s marble Bust of Frederick Guilford, of the National Historical Museum, Athens. In addition the exhibition includes (5) Joseph Schranz᾽s The Palace of St Michael and St George, Corfu, from the British Embassy, Athens; and (6) Joseph Cartwright’s watercolour of The Esplanade of Corfu, from Spiro Flamburiari Collection; and (7) Dr Johnson Savage’s The Maitland Monument on the Esplanade, Corfu Town, from the Corfu Reading Society. Other works included are works from a Private Collection, London – (8) Album of Augusto Colla, opened at the relevant page with the aspect of the Palace around 1860; (9) an anonymous view of the Palace of St Michael and St George after Joseph Schranz; (10) a view of the Esplanade by James Horsbrugh. The display also includes (11-12) the two pages concerning Prossalendi in the Gazzetta degli Stati Uniti delle Isole Jonie – #214, 21 January 1822, relating to the making and placement of Britanniaon the Palace; and #444, 19 June – 1 July 1826, relating to Sir Thomas Lawrence’s praise for the exhibition at Lansdowne House, London, including Prossalendi’s works. This historic exhibition is complimented by the permanent display in the Palace of works by Prossalendi – (13) the Bust of Maitland and its Base; (14) the Bust of Adam and its Base; and (15) the Base for Chantrey’s Bust of George IV. The display includes (16) the prototype Medal of the Order of St Michael & St George provided by Cleave – Court Jewellers and Medallists, London. Finally, Harris Kondosphyris and his students from the Department of Fine and Applied Arts University of Western Macedonia, Florina, will present a new sculpture (17), relating to Prossalendi’s Britannia, to be submitted to the Central Archaeological Councild with the prospect of it being displayed either temporarily or permanently in the place of the missing sculpture on the Palace’s façade.
The Historic Part of the Prossalendi’s “Britannia” exhibition will be presented at the Ionian Academy, Corfu, in the period 7 – 29 July 2018.