1821 Visions of Freedom: The Hand of Zographos, The Mind of Makriyannis, The Zeal of Gennadius

1821 Commemorative Exhibition

The Greek Revolution comes to life in an exhibition at the Hellenic Centre. Scenes from the Greek War of Independence unfold cinematically before us in the images of the naif painter Dimitrios Zographos and the vivid commentary of General Makriyannis, both of them veterans of the war. The exhibition gives visitors a rare opportunity to enjoy their remarkable work close up.

On show are 12 of the 24 hand coloured collotypes issued in a limited edition album in 1926 by the well known Swiss photographer, Frédéric Boissonnas at the instigation of the collector Joannes Gennadius who had rediscovered the long lost watercolours which these collotypes reproduce.

The exhibition sets the pictures in their  historical context by displaying a timeline of the War of Independence and the visitor’s appreciation is enhanced by the reproduction of relevant material from Gennadius’ personal archive and other collections. The visitor can also enjoy Makriyannis’ personal dedication of the pictures to Queen Victoria as well as the curious letter from the British Minister at Athens which accompanied their despatch to Lord Palmerston.

Exhibition booklet

Curators: Natasha Lemos, Olympia Pappa

Designers: Αlexis Veroucas, Vassiliki Carmiri

Organised by the Hellenic Centre under the aegis of the Greece 2021 Committee.  Sponsored by the A G Leventis Foundation.

The exhibition runs from 5 October 2021 to 30 March 2022

Opening hours: Tuesdays 6.30pm-9pm, Saturdays 10am-5pm, Sundays 11am-4pm.

For further information:
email info@helleniccentre.org or telephone 020 7487 5060

1821 Commemorative Lecture Series and Exhibition

1821 Visions of Freedom: The Hand of Zographos, The Mind of Makriyannis, The Zeal of Gennadius
An exhibition of plates illustrating scenes from the Greek War of Independence.
Organised by the Hellenic Centre under the aegis of the Greece 2021 Committee. Sponsored by the A G Leventis Foundation.

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