Art on the Islands
With summer days fleeting and the reality of fall setting in, you only have a few more days to enjoy the beauty and cultural heritage of the Greek islands. Tamsin Paternoster travels to the islands and culls out the last highlights on this summer’s arts calendar.
From Hydra, Greece’s traditional artisan retreat where art collectors from the world over convene, to Samos, where the Schwarz Foundation organises a small, familiar yet elegant meeting of international artists, Greek islands are abuzz with art and music festivals.
Perhaps a healthy mix of art and island life coupled with a sobering dose of reality might do everyone good this summer. Of course, if visual arts doesn’t cut it and the festivals don’t appeal, there are always the many museums, restaurants or local festivals you might discover along the way.
And if all else fails, there is also the summer sun, the silver light of the moon, the soft lapping of the Mediterranean Sea, the murmur of cicadas, and the view of the infinite horizon to contemplate. Some might say those incredible views that rise and fall from the sea make up the true artistry of Greece.
Laughterhouse, Deste Foundation Project Space, Hydra
WHAT: Laughterhouse is a presentation of a documentary film about goats whose cries sound like those of human beings. The project combines music and documentary in a special space. It is located in the island’s old slaughterhouse, granted to DESTE by the Municipality of the Island of Hydra in 2008. The Foundation hosts a series of contemporary art exhibitions on the island every summer.
WHEN: June 19 – September 30
WHERE: DESTE Foundation Project Space
Hydra slaughterhouse, Tel. +30 210.275.8490, https://deste.gr/
Triangular Project Exhibition
WHAT: Triangular Project is a collective of visual artists working with the theme of space. The exhibition showcases the artistic practices of Florine Leoni (Switzerland), Macarena Ruiz- Tagle (Chile) and Sandra Volny (Canada). Their interests and actions are intertwined with the local community’s culture, history and geography and they practice experimentation when approaching the environment.
WHEN: June 25 – September 30
WHERE: Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture, Kefalonia
Tel. +30 267.104.1126, http://www.ionionartscenter.gr
The Museum of Contemporary Art of the Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation, Andros
WHAT: The Museum of Contemporary Art of the Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation will be organizing a tribute to the elusive and infamous Dimitris Mytaras. With an art career spanning almost sixty years, Mytaras’ artwork showcases skillfully intertwined contradictory elements. The tribute is composed of sections showcasing the artist at different points of his creative journey.
WHEN: July 1 – September 30
WHERE: Museum of Contemporary Art
Andros Island, Leof. Kallirrois Avenue & Amvr. Frantzi Street, Tel. +30 211.101.9000
Tinos Jazz Festival
WHAT: Launched in 2009, Tinos Jazz music festival is dedicated to a different theme each year. Growing in size each year, the festival has evolved to promote artists with recent releases and gifted young musicians. The festival is free in compliance with the Cultural Foundation’s public benefit purpose, which aims to promote contemporary music to the island. Tinos Jazz Festival presents high quality international and Greek top musicians as well as Greek new talent. A unique forum for contemporary and future jazz, the festival offers the opportunity to immerse yourself with jazz in all forms in the stunning setting of Tinos Island, with its blue seas and skies.
WHEN: August 25 – 27
WHERE: Cultural Foundation of Tinos
84200, Tinos, Cyclades, +30 228.302.9070, http://tinosjazz.com/