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Peter Greenaway: Artworks '63-'05

Catalog, published on the occasion of Peter Greenaway's retrospective exhibition at the Hellenic American Union.

It includes texts and photographs of the original works, sketches, and articles that served as an inspiration for the renowned British filmmaker.


“My initial enthusiasm for becoming a film-maker arose from a dual interest in the manipulation of images and the manipulation of texts [...]. Yet I unfailingly experience much particular stimulation from these especial characteristics of painting and draughtsmanship – and literature – that determinedly will not suffer a change, that will steadfastly refuse to translate their form, content and metaphor into cinema.”

- Peter Greenaway, from the Preface of the Edition


In his retrospective exhibition at the Hellenic American Union in 2005, curated by Artemis Potamianou, British filmmaker Peter Greenaway presented a selection of texts, photographs, paintings, collages, sketches and objects that led to the creation of several projects for the big screen and television. The catalog for the exhibition invites the reader to explore the way Greenaway delves into his subconscious and begins to shape his stories for the camera’s lens.




Peter Greenaway
Paul Melia
Leonidas Phoebus Koskos
Artemis Potamianou

Peter Greenaway was born in 1942 in Newport, Wales. He studied at the Walthamstow College of Art, from which he graduated with a specialization in Mural Painting. In 1965, he joined the British Central Office of Intelligence, where he worked for the next 15 years as a film director. During this time, he made experimental films such as Train (1966), Tree (1966) and Vertical Features Remake (1978), followed by numerous documentaries and feature films, including The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989), which remains to this day his most popular work. His multifaceted artistic talent also unfolded on the small screen, for which he directed television series and wrote the libretto for the opera Death of a Composer Series. In the new millennium, his activity expanded to the field of audio-visual multimedia installations, helping to revive and represent digitally the former life of various historic buildings and sites and works of art. His work has been exhibited at the Hofburg in Vienna, the Chelouche Gallery in Tel Aviv, the Maritiem Museum in Rotterdam and elsewhere.

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