On Saturday, 17 October 2015, the European Cultural Centre of Delphi honoured Lucilla Mussini-Bombieri, donor of 21 works by the surrealist artist A. Mayo (Antonis Malliarakis) that have been added to the collection of the Centre since July 2014. The Mayor of Delphi presented the donor with the Honorary Citizenship of Delphi.
Born in Port Said, Egypt, originally from the Greek island of Kasos, Malliarakis went to Paris at the age of 18 and was acquainted with many important representatives of the French avant-garde and their work. Despite various movements and his settling in Rome from 1965 until the end of his life in 1990, he is considered one of the prominent members of the French avant-garde and one of the most atypical representatives of visual surrealism.
The donation by L. Mussini-Bombieri to the Centre of Delphi includes the works Man with veil (1930/1931), The bird (1937), A night in Cannes (1948), Cold dawn (1964), Forgotten spring (1964), The lady of the lake (1968), The bed (1974), Abduction (1977), Creation (1979) etc. as well as part of the painter’s invaluable archives.
Curator: Efi Andreadi, art critic
A tour at the renovated Sculpture Park followed.
Part of the renovation expenses was covered by funds donated by the 'Friends of the European Cultural Centre of Delphi' Association.