4 to 7 June 2015 Faliron Pavilion, Athens, Greece

Launched in 1993 by the Hellenic Art Galleries Association, Art-Athina stands today as one of the longest lasting contemporary art fairs in Europe and as the largest annual visual arts event in Greece. A meeting point for international artistic creation, Art-Athina brings together significant Greek and foreign art galleries, cultural institutions, curators, collectors, art critics and art lovers.

Last year’s Art-Athina was held with great success from 15 to 18 May 2014 at Faliron Pavilion (TaeKwonDo Stadium) and was enthusiastically received by some 35,000 visitors!

After a successful 19th edition, Art-Athina the International Contemporary Art Fair of Athens is back with its 20th edition that will take place on 4-7 June 2015 at the Faliro Pavilion (TaeKwonDo Stadium).


Parallel Programme 2014

D.Daskalopoulos Collection@Art-Athina 2014

One of the leading contemporary art collections in the world, the D.Daskalopoulos Collection is taking part for the first time in the parallel programme of Art-Athina.

The D.Daskalopoulos Collection is presenting the video installation Supersubjektiv (2001) from the well-known visual artist Pipilotti Rist

Elisabeth Charlotte “Pipilotti” Rist (born 1962), is a Swiss visual artist who works with video, film, and moving images which are often displayed as projections.



The soundtrack of Pipilotti Rist’s Supersubjektiv, 2001 ushers in the musical key which deciphers the visual concatenation of abstract images that cascade on the screen. The sound harks back to the dawn of the internet age and evokes memories of that now obsolete audio stimulus, the dial-up ringtone. The beautiful music that riffs on the ringtone, has a messianic, heraldic feel to it that corresponds harmoniously to the sense of unlimited optimism and possibility that the beginning of the internet age offered in terms of connections… the dawn of a new day.  Its promise was to transform the world into a seamless web of interconnected links and connections.

Links and connections are the ever-shifting motifs of the visual elegy that Pipilotti Rist has authored. A never-ending sequence of close-ups of objects such as wire, thread, pipes, cables, ropes, strips, but also organic matter, create a lyrical essay on the beauty of abstraction. They are all connected or at least tentatively endeavour to be, by the travelling camera that pans from one end of, for example, a pipe to its other end, the pipe being the metaphorical stand-in for a connection. In  poignant gestures, the inanimate elongated objects are juxtaposed with organic matter such as leaves or branches, as if the man-made objects are yearning to be connected with them, trying to acquire life from the organic ones. The contrast between cold metal objects and organic matter is a stark study in alive/dead.

The visual poetry coupled with the musical overtones of the dial-up ringtone, speaks volumes for the delicacy of connecting, or on a larger scale, of that archetypal aspect of the human condition: the encounter of one human being with another. After all, the German title is Supersubjektiv, which in English could be freely translated as Inter-Subjective, the space above and between two subjects…

Our collective Greek society finds itself at the juncture of a historical moment, at the bottom of the proverbial barrel. When one finds oneself in that position, one returns to very elemental and archetypal aspects of the human condition such as the one hinted at above. As a hallmark of our present-day condition we are witnessing a smattering of novel phenomena in our society such as fellowship, support, mutual assistance, teamwork. Dare one pose the promise of a question: is this  the dawn of a new day?


Presentation Of The Cultural Organisation NEON

Presentation of The Cultural Organisation NEON

NEON, is a non-profit organization, which works to bring contemporary culture in Greece closer to everyone. It is committed to broadening the appreciation, understanding, and creation of contemporary art in Greece in the firm belief that this is a key tool for growth and development.

NEON, founded by Dimitris Daskalopoulos, breaks with the convention that limits the contemporary art foundation of a collector and enthusiast to a single place. It is a vibrant and engaging interlocutor with civic and cultural stakeholders and the wider public. It acts on a multitude of initiatives, spaces, civic and social contexts. It seeks to expose the ability contemporary art has to stimulate, inspire and affect the individual and society at large.

NEON realizes its mission through free exhibitions, educational programmes, grants and scholarships, talks and events and a creation of a network of international partnerships. NEON constructively collaborates with cultural institutions and supports the programme of public and private institutions to enhance increased access and inventive interaction with contemporary art.

Presentation of the exhibition ‘A Thousand Doors’ at the Gennadius Library in collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery, 4 May – 30 June 2014

NEON and the Whitechapel Gallery are collaborating to present an exhibition of works by Greek and international artists at the Gennadius Library curated by Iwona Blazwick OBE, the Director of the Whitechapel Gallery. The exhibition will be installed throughout the venue, both inside the library spaces and outside them in its formal gardens. The selected works are executed in a wide range of media, and include video, sound and sculpture installations. Participating artists include Edward Allington, Matthew Barney, Christian Boltanski, Pavel Büchler, Michael Dean, Nina Fischer and Maroan El Sani, Ceal Floyer, Isa Genzken, Shuruq Harb, Nigel Henderson, Georg Herold, Susan Hiller, Hannah Höch, John Latham, Mark Manders, Juan Muñoz, Giuseppe Penone, Elizabeth Price, Michael Rakowitz, Annie Ratti, Meriç Algün Ringborg, Daniel Silver, Francis Upritchard, Adrián Villar Rojas, Jane and Louis Wilson. New works have also been commissioned from the Greek artists Jannis Kounellis, Nikos Navridis, Paky Vlassopoulou, Kostas Ioannidis and Valentina Karga.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of programmes (free guided tours, open discussions, and educational programmes) created by Greek and international curators who have participated in the Curatorial Exchange Programme organized by NEON and the Whitechapel Gallery since 2012.


Art-Athina Contemporaries : Statement made. Curated by Artemis Potamianou

Statement Made!

The exhibition “Statement Made” attempts to document the contemporary art scene in the present tense. It conveys the preoccupations of visual artists who use their work to articulate statements with which to describe the current reality and comment on it. In “Statement Made” the viewer is called upon to follow an experiential route where each work leads to the next in an uncommon narrative.

The show begins with the work TURISM IN GREECE, which was created by the celebrated painter Yannis Moralis in 1961 and presents the different viewpoint and the vision that prevailed in Greece in the early ’60s.

Starting from this work and the unfulfilled expectations it reflects, the exhibition examines issues like the financial crisis and the current situation in Greece, the causes that led to it and their roots deep in the past or the attitude of other countries, while the problem of emigration in past and present times is a key point of reference in one section of the show.

The concerns of the artists revolve around such universal issues as the various conflicts all over the world, war, environmental awareness as well as economic matters like our unabated consumerism. Man, the experiential perception of memory, the isolation brought about by the internet and the social media constitute the main axes of the art produced and presented today.

“Statement Made” attempts to present more than a snapshot of the current art scene; it aspires to establish a discourse among the works on show, reflect the contemporary reality and showcase the multifaceted preoccupations of the artists and the variety of media they employ.

The artists in the exhibition come from the galleries that participate in the main programme of Art-Athina.

Artemis Potamianou

Curator of Art-Athina Contemporaries: Statement Made



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Platforms Project @ Art-Athina 2014

The objective of the project is to map artistic action as it is produced in the context of collective initiatives by artists who decide to join forces in seeking answers to artistic questions by creating the so-called platforms.

The project will help promote the various artists’ groups, collectives, platforms and independent art spaces of a non-commercial (non-profit) orientation which operate in unconventional ways, in Greece as well as abroad, managing to establish unexpected debates on art.

Based on the “unity is strength” principle, the platforms have secured their own place on the international art arena without antagonizing the environment they are called upon to serve.

Platforms Project @ Art-Athina 2013 presented 45 platforms – artists’ initiatives from 16 countries with more than 500 artists while Platforms Project @ Art-Athina 2014 presents 47 very important  platforms – artists’ initiatives from 18 countries creating new dialogues and collaborations between platforms.

The artist-run platforms-groups are given the opportunity to present an art project at a specific site—booth—and thus provide a picture of the independent art scene.

The project provides opportunities for new networks between the Greek and the international scene, at the same time creating new visions, new contexts and new opportunities for artists.

Artemis Potamianou
Director of Platform Project @ Art-Athina 2014

Participating platforms:

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Collecting the images of the sensible : contemporary art works from Turkey’s collectors, Co-curators Beral Madra & Saliha Yavuz

Fazlı Özcan, Parko Art Collection (Öner Kocabeyoğlu). Tansa Mermerci Collection, Elgiz Collection, Fusun & Faruk Eczacibasi Collection, Mustafa Taviloglu Collection, Ahmet Merey Collection και Olgaç Artam Collection.*

 Art-Athina opens it gates to the contemporary art production in the Balkans, South Caucasus, the Middle East and the South Mediterranean

The task of writing a conceptual guideline, a preliminary program and a final program for Art-Athina which intends to open a vista to the Balkans, Russia, South Caucasus, the Middle East and the South Mediterranean requires an overall evaluation of the current status of the culture industry in this territory.

 The cultural policies and infrastructure of these regions should discuss and elaborate on questions such as “how to strategize cultural production”, “how to intervene into the public education through the exploration of the relevant cultural material” and “how to take a position within the globalized culture industry”.

 Contemporary research shows that the current theorizations of the culture industry in these regions have Modernist-Post-modernist configurations. The official and private elements of their current infrastructures are still on a developing level compared to the solid system of the original EU countries.

At the same time, we cannot ignore the fact that there has been considerable change and growth in contemporary culture and art since the 1990s. Due to the neo-liberal economic developments, the productivity of cultural goods and services, the consumption of the cultural production, the employment of artists, and the growth of the workforce in art-related industries are on the rise.



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Tribute to Gallery ZYGOS

Tradition and Avant-Garde : Gallerie ZYGOS, Presentation of Manos Stefanidis

In 1955, Frantzis Frantzeskakis ( 1926-2010 ), a young journalist and passionate art lover, founded with his wife Catherine the premier art magazine “Zygos” (Balance-Libra) to be published every year until 1983 and covering topics of art history, architecture, folklore and aesthetics creating a vibrant bridge between Greek and international modern art .

In 1956 he founded the gallery “Zygos”, the first professional art gallery in postwar Greece which will live half a century . In 1982 he published the English-language version of “Zygos Annual” and in 1985 the gallery establishes a branch in New York.

Frantzeskakis, brother of the painter Errikos, was born in Chania and worked in Lambrakis Publications from 1940 to 1963. In 1953 he organizied the art room of the newspaper To Vima  recording artists such as D. Galanis, A. Tassos, Ch . Kapralos, Spyros Vassiliou , G. Sikeliotis , etc. In 1954 he founded together with Manos Pavlidis a gallery on behalf of the advertising company ADEL. In 1958 he collaborated with G. and H. Vakalo and P. Tetsis to create the “Free Study of Fine Arts” . In 1993 he retired to California in order to write his memories of the title “Remember and Forget Not” Kastaniotis editions, 1997. In 2000, he was honored by the Academy of Athens for his offer. At Zygos gallery, were presented the top of the generation of the ’30s and the best of the 60s generation . Among them were Spyropoulos, Tsarouchis, Asteriadis, Ghika, Gaitis, Caniaris Caras, Mytaras, Papayannis, Fassianos, Karavousis, etc… also the younger Mortarakos , Polymeris , P. Angelopoulou, G. Antonopoulos, Yayiannos, Dikefalos, Pantaleon, P. Xenakis , Angelos, etc…

The historic gallery and its valuable magazine will be presented by Professor Manos Stefanidis for Art-Athina 2014, while three street artists (Idol 16-Yianns Kallidis, Nackle-Giorgos Tsiaglanis, Skon-Vassilis Skondras) will perform alongside an artistic happening.

TALKS @ Art-Athina

Talks@Art-Athina 2014

Friday 16 May 2014

14.00-15.00 Art Conference (for children)

Ioanna Gouzeli (visual artist) & Angeliki Bozou (visual artist) Playroom

15.00-15.30 Art, Architecture & Public space : Harald Muller

15.30-17.00 Artist grant programmes : Artemis Zenetou, Executive Director & Els Hanappe Greek Programme Coordinator, Fulbright Foundation-Greece και Alexander Roggenkamp, DAAD The Βerliner Kunstlerprogramm-Artists-in-Berlin Program

17.00-18.00 Platforms in Turkey

17.00-17.30 Beral Madra, Founder of Istanbul Biennale

17.30-18.00 Melih Gorgun, Founder of Sinopale, International  Sinop Biennial

19.00-21.00 AIM Meeting (Platforms General Assembly) By invitation only


Saturday 17 May 2014


12.00-14.00 AIM Meeting (Platforms General Assembly) By invitation only

14.00-15.30 Art Conference (for children)

Ioanna Gouzeli (visual artist) & Angeliki Bozou (visual artist) Playroom

15.30-1700 Platforms in Canada

15.30-15.45 Julie Rene de Cotret & Jung-Chul Hur

15.45-16.00 VSVSVS

16.00-16.15 Bang art now centre

16.15-17.00 Ed Video Media Arts Centre

Coordinator : George Oraiopoulos, Art Therapy

17.00-18.30 New artists, new opportunities, new collectors

Round table discussion on investing in Art. Coordination Lito Missiakouli, journalist

18.30-19.00  Presentation of Greek State Museum, Katerina Koskina

19.00-20.00 D. Davetas, Poetry evening with guitar music and the participation of Mrs Metalinou.


Sunday 18 May 2014


12.30-14.00 Tribute to Zygos Gallery, Prof. Manos Stefanidis.

With the participation of street artists Idol 16 (Yiannis Kalidis), Nakle (Yiorgos Tsianglanis) και Skon (Vasilis Skondras)

14.00-15.30 Art Conference (for children)

Ioanna Gouzeli (visual artist) & Angeliki Bozou (visual artist) Playroom

15.30-17.00 Platforms in the Balkans

15.30-16.00 Lanfranco Aceti, Museum of Contemporary Cuts

16.00-16.30 Campus Novel

16.30-16.45 Ορίζοντας Γεγονότων

16.45-1700 Lateral ArtSpace

Coordinator : George Oraiopoulos, Art Therapy

17.00-18.00 Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)

Assimina Koutroubousi, Technical Department, Panos Papoulias, Operations Manger

18.00-19.00  Communities in prison, window to society. Presentation of the art exhibition organized my Manolis Haros in cooperation with the members of the male prison of Korydallos KETHEA (in action)




a. Kids Lab at Art-Athina

Εχhibition and workshops for children by Very Young Contemporary Art in KIDS LAB

b. Playroom in Art-Athina

 Playroom, in collaboration with Art-Athina, will realize a round of meetings between children and visual artists titled : «Art interviews».

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Art-Athina Party

The largest Contemporary Art meeting in Greece, Art-Athina, in co-operation with the famous and historical Athens bar Guru Bar, organise on Saturday 17 May from 21:00 the Art-Athina Party 2014 at the TaeKwonDo Stadium

With the seaview of Floisvos Marina, drinks and street food under the musical supervision of Konstandinos Zouganelis. At the decks DJ Blend and a surprise DJ set from Burger Project.