The past echoes in the present at the new exhibition of the MOMus - Museum Alex Mylona. Titled All here! 50 years of Democracy, the exhibition runs under the patronage of H.E. Mrs Katerina Sakellaropoulou, President of the Hellenic Republic, and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the restoration of democracy in Greece.
On April 21, 1967, as the result and proof of the political dysfunctionality of the mid 1960s, a dictatorship emerged in Greece. Ιn a strategic move that reflected their opposition to the regime, a number of Greek artists made a collective decision to refrain from participating in cultural events organised by the state. All here! 50 years of Democracy showcases the resilience and creativity of four influential post-war visual artists: Vlassis Caniaris, Dimitris Alithinos, Vasso Katraki, and A. Tassos. Upon realising that abstinence did not serve their purpose they began to present their work at personal or group shows during or immediately after the junta. These works serve as powerful symbols of resistance, hope, and democracy. Contemporary visual artist Yiannis Pappas also takes part in the exhibition with a single work which acts as a “bridge” between the past and the present.
More than just art, the exhibition is a powerful statement of presence: “EVERY ONE WAS there then, and EVERY ONE IS HERE still.”
The exhibition is accompanied by a bilingual catalogue with texts by historians, art historians and visual artists.