The Years of Defiance – The Art of the ‘70s in Greece
The exhibition outlines a milestone in the history of modern Greece which witnessed the emergence of new artistic quests that drastically altered the artistic landscape of the country. The climate of social and political unrest produced a rich dialectic between art and reality as well as a climate of opposition to traditional values, the art system and the Establishment. The meaning of the work of art, the role of the artist, and the viewer as the passive recipient of an aesthetic experience were all reappraised in the light of the new and subversive mode of thinking typical of much of the 1970s. In searching for new functions, art ended up redefining itself.