August 18, 1974. Opy Zouni writes to Danil

August 18, 1974. Opy Zouni writes to Danil.
Inv. No. 2165, Art Archive, National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens (EMST)
Donated by Danil

Athens, August 18, 1974. “Here, we taste democracy, which we paid dearly for with the national tragedy of Cyprus,” writes from Athens in a letter to Danil in Paris, a month after the restoration of democracy in Greece.

The imposition of the dictatorship on April 21, 1967 affected the Greek art community. After the initial numbness, many Greek artists began to express their reaction and discomfort, sometimes eloquently and sometimes implicitly, through their work or exhibition activity. Dimosthenis Kokkinidis, Dimitris Alithinos, sculptor Theodoros, Elias Dekoulakos, Giannis Gaitis, George Touyas, Alexis Akrithakis, Dimitris Mytaras and the art group New Greek Realists are some of the Greek visual artists who, in the context of their personal practice and the international art trends of the time, created works with critical and anti-dictatorial content. Noteworthy is the case of Vlassis Caniaris with his historical exhibition at the New Gallery in 1969, while a significant voice of protest was that of Maria Karavela with her exhibition at the Hilton Gallery in 1971.


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