Name: Greek Museum Curator Ioakimidis on Trial

Date:  1995 - 2005

Location:  Europe

SubjectReligious , Nudity


Artist: Art curator Christos Ioakimidis, Painting by Thierry de Cordier

Confronting Bodies: Ioakimidis; Giorgos Karatzaferis, leader of the Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS)

Date of Action: December 2003

Specific Location: Athens, Greece

Description of Artwork: Painting by de Cordier depicted a naked, erect penis on the left-hand side and a wooden cross with semen on it on the right

Description of Incident: As part of Greece's effort to participate in Europe's contemporary art scene, Iaokimidis helped put together "Outlook," Greece's biggest ever contemporary art exhibit. It included de Cordier's painting. When Karatzaferis saw the painting, he immediately objected to its "indecent" content and, through his organization, attacked the work and the event.

Results of Incident: The painting was taken down with a note in its place to explain its removal. Curator Ioakimidis was put on trial in misdeanors court for having chosen the painting for "Outlook."

Source: press release, May 29, 2005

Submitted By: NCAC

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