The Goulandris Museum of Contemporary Art in Andros presents a periodical exhibition in honor of American painter Betty Ryan, who lived the last 25 years of her life on this Greek island. The exhibition is scheduled to take place from April 6th to May 26th, 2014, and it is organized by a group of friends of the celebrated painter.
Betty Ryan (1914-2003) was born in the USA in a wealthy and cosmopolitan environment. She travelled in Europe during the Interwar Years and in 1933, she visited Greece for the first time and stayed several months. In the 1960s, Ryan returned to Greece and first visited Chania, before settling in Andros. It was a matter of time to find a place that suits my idea of where I should live. And I found it. Andros for me was love at first sight. And this love was growing during those twenty five years that I had been married to this house up on a high hill in Andros... Those last years were the best, Ryan was saying about this beautiful Cycladic island. She left Andros in 2002 and went to the USA, where she died few months later, in January 2003. Before leaving, she donated many of her paintings, her post mails and other personal items to Kairios Library of Andros.
Celebrating the 100 years since her birth, her friends are organizing this exhibition at Goulandris Museum with works that she created while living on the island. From July 4th until August 13st, a large part of the exhibition will be presented in Kairios Library in Chora, Andros.