15 to 18 May 2014 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 16 to 19 May 2013 at Faliron Pavilion (TaeKwonDo Stadium) and was enthusiastically received by some 30,000 visitors!

After a successful 18th edition, Art-Athina- the International Contemporary Art Fair of Athens is back with its 19th edition that will take place on 15-18 May 2014 at the Faliro Pavilion (TaeKwonDo Stadium).


Parallel Programme 2014

Presentation of the Daskalopoulos Collection

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 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.


Presentation Of The Cultural Organisation Neon

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 programs, grants and scholarships, talks and events and a creation of a network of international partnerships. NEON constructively collaborates with cultural institutions and supports the program 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

Art Athina Contemporaries attempts to capture the contemporary art scene as it appears in the present time.

It is an action-exhibition that aims to showcase the artistic activity as it is produced and presented today.

The artists in the exhibition come from the participating galleries which are represented in the core programme of Art Athina.

The show Statement made aspires to establish and promote a constructive dialogue among the artists, their art and their works which will reflect the current state of affairs, the practitioners’ preoccupations and the variety of expressive media. 

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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 49 very important  platforms – artists’ initiatives from 19 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.

Director of Platform Project @ Art Athina 2014 Artemis Potamianou

Participating platforms:

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

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 productions in the Balkan’s, South Caucasus, Middle East and the South Mediterranean.

The task of writing a conceptual guideline, a preliminary program and a final program for the Art-Athina which intends to open a vista to the Balkan’s, Russia, South Caucasus, 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 the aforementioned regions should widely discuss and elaborate on the question such as “how to strategize cultural production”, “how to intervene into the public education through exploration of relevant cultural material” and “how to take a position within the globalization of the culture industry”.

 Contemporary research shows that in the aforementioned region the current theorizations of the culture industries have Modernist-Post-modernist configurations. Official and private organizational substances of contemporary infrastructures are still on a developing level in comparison to the solid system of the initiative EU countries.

However, we cannot ignore that at the same time there is a considerable growth and change in contemporary culture and art production since 1990’s. Due to the neo-liberal economic developments industrial productivity of cultural goods and services, consumption of the cultural production, the employment of artists, and growth of the work force in arts-related industries expand progressively.

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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

Programme under development


Art-Athina Party

The Art Athina in collaboration with the well known historic Bar in Athens, GURU, with great view in Marina Flisvos, organizes on Saturday 17 May, the Party of Art Athina. Drinks and food are a surprise and the music is under the supervision of Konstantinos Zouganelis.