The Library houses the archives of the
Greek-American surrealist poet and art historian Nicolas
Nicolas Calas (Νίκολας Κάλας) was a major contributor in the
diffusion and evolution of the avant-garde, with essays on
literature, politics, art and cinema. An active member of the
French surrealist group since 1937, he settled in Paris and
published his first book of essays as result of encouragement of
André Breton. His arrival to New York in 1940 matters in the
surrealism dissemination in the United States.
Further information on Calas' life and work may be found in a
In the Greek State Television (ERT) Digital
Archives a documentary on his life and work is
In 1999 the Danish Institute at Athens received
34 large parcels containing the material that was to become the
Nicolas & Elena Calas Archive.
The parcels had been sent from the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
north of Copenhagen, where they had been stored for almost ten
The material which consists of letters, essays,
articles, photos and more has been organized and catalogued and is
now presentable to scholars and researchers in the reading room of
the Nordic Library.