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Picasso and Antiquity, Line and Clay WHAT: The Museum of Cycladic Art’s Divine Dialogue series features one of the great 20th century artists of all time, the legendary Pablo Picasso. A rare exhibition of Picasso’s drawings, engravings and pottery, fired by the Creto-Mycenaean and Greek worlds. The pieces depict marine creatures, animals, huma...

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Onassis and Niarchos – A duel in the sun

Unrelenting rivals in life, global shipping magnates and early proponents of the glam0urous, jet-setting, luxury lifestyle that came to define their generation,  Aristotle Onassis and Stavros Niarchos continue to perpetuate their rivalry posthumously. Their formidable cultural institutions aspire to revolutionize Athens as an artistic des...

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It is always a matter of light

A more fitting site for an explorer of the human form and its relation to space would be hard to find. Sophia Hiniadou-Cambanis speaks to Sir Antony Gormley, as he repopulates the sacred island of Delos with iron ‘bodyforms’, restoring a human presence and creating a journey of potential encounters. [caption id="attachment_409...

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An artists’ hub in Plaka

Founded by Cynthia Odier, Flux Laboratory has been nurturing the local arts scene, producing transdisciplinary artistic projects in Athens since 2016, under the auspices of the Swiss Embassy. With its new base at Geronta street in the charming Plaka neighborhood, Flux hopes to nurture a sustainable arts environment for local, ...

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Pavlos, 1930 – 2019

Pavlos, who magically transformed seemingly futile slithers of paper to create stunningly beautiful, masterful artworks, passed away in June. Pavlos’ talent shone through in his ability to create objects that surpassed realism as we know it, transforming them into symbols that represented the “idea” of these objects rather tha...

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Victoria Hislop champions Greece

Arguably Greece’s most ardent literary ambassador, Victoria Hislop sets her latest novel in Greece, this time delving into Greece’s recent turbulent past, tracing Themis’ family saga through the Occupation, Civil War, and the junta. In Those Who Are Loved, a 480-page novel, Victoria Hislop sheds light on the complexity of Gree...

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Taking cultural diplomacy to the streets

From murals at metro stations to Mayan medicine and Mexican cinema, Mexican Ambassador Daniel Hernández hopes to leave a permanent cultural imprint on the minds and hearts of Greeks. In a frank interview with Sudha Nair-Iliades he talks about trade, immigration, gay rights, and on why he finds Exarcheia’s gritty character so appealing. ...

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Save The Date: Athens Festival round-up

If ever you need evidence of the relation between artistic creativity and political engagement, look no further. With Brexit looming and as Europe craves for its lost identity, the Athens Festival serves as a prism to view the diversity and complexity of the world, provoking a dialogue between art and social reality. A round-up of the mos...

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Madrugada

WHAT: After the death of their guitarist, Robert Buras, in 2007, the band Madrugada took a hiatus, but the band is ready to make its comeback. Twenty years after their debut album, “Industrial Silence,” the Norwegian group aims to relive their glory days and share their signature melancholic sound. WHEN: April 7 at 20:00 (SOLD OUT) and April 8 a...

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