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MGRK3604: Contemporary Art in Greece

This unit explores the development of Greek fine arts from 1453 until today. It initially explores the various forms of Byzantine iconography, the work of El Greco, the school of the Seven Islands in Corfu. It continues with the exploration of visual arts after the establishment of the Modern Greek state (1928) and the impetus for the formation of a national school expressing the spirit of the liberated nation. Furthermore it examines the rise of modernism, cubism and expressionism in the works of K. Pathenis, Ghika and G. Bouzanis together with abstraction and naive art, especially by the folk painterTheophilos. Special focus is given on artists from the GReek Diaspora, in the Americas, Europe and Australia.

Code MGRK3604
Academic unit Modern Greek and Byzantine Studies
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 2000 or 3000 level in Modern Greek
MGRK2655 or MGRK2506

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. to form a coherent historical overview of the development of Greek Art after 1453 through the establishment of the nation-state of Greece until the Athens Documenta of 2017.
  • LO2. to acquire a solid historical knowledge of ideologies of representation in the Greek world before and after the establishment of the Greek state
  • LO3. to develop the critical frameworks for a deep culture awareness about questions of gender and class in Greece
  • LO4. to form a detailed and nuanced knowledge of perceptions about art and artists
  • LO5. to formulate a solid knowledge about the interaction between society and individual in the realm of artistic production in Greece over the last 200 years

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