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Women Artists Shows· Salons· Societies 1870s-1970s

Α “Guarantee of Clustered Energy and Collective Promotion”: The Association of Greek Women Artists and its Exhibitions in the 1950s and 1960s

Glafki Gotsi


Founded in Athens in 1954, the Association of Greek Women Artists organized a significant number of group exhibitions in Greece and abroad, where its members showed their work. This paper examines the context of the association’s all-women shows in the 1950s and 1960s and their meaning in relation to feminist cultural politics inside, but also beyond, national borders. More specifically, it analyzes the purposes of the collectivity, the critical reception of its exhibitions in Greece and their interpretation as female initiatives. It also explores the possible connections between the association and other Greek or foreign women’s groups.


Glafki Gotsi holds a PhD in the history of art from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She has taught at several university departments. She is currently employed at the Hellenic Open University. Her publications and research interests focus mainly on issues of modern and contemporary art from the perspective of the history of women and gender.

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