Athens Insider Summer 2022

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Ruins and Fragments at the Gagosian

What: A group exhibition that brings together richly varied works by three generations of international, regional, and local artists. Their works reflect on the poetic power of ruins and fragments—in the city of Athens, a thriving contemporary metropolis charged with the traces of ancient histories. The exhibition features different forms of inn...

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Melina Mercouri: Remember me and Love Me

What: One of the most influential Greek figures in cinema and politics, Melina Mercouri's raspy voice and fierce activism fired the imagination of a whole generation of Greeks. She remains as beloved as she was in her lifetime - a retrospective on her life at Technopolis celebrates her multi-faceted personality and bolsters support for one of her p...

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Alekos Fassianos, an artist whose fleeting figurative style captured the essence of Greece

Alekos Fassianos whose poetic approach to Greece's cultural heritage, so masterfully embodied in his instantly recognisable, faux-naif, colour-soaked paintings, has died at the age of 86. Fassianos’ artistic appeal lies in the fact that his work makes one imagine a life with warm, southern sunshine, a carefree, leisurely pleasure, and the...

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Dimitris Papaioannou at NEON’s Portals

What: NEON presents a series of performances Sisyphus / Trans / Form (2019) by internationally acclaimed Greek choreographer, director and performer who blends experimental dance, physical theatre and performance art in surreal, dreamlike and immersive performances.  Sisyphus / Trans / Form (2019), a piece for six performers, is based on the myth...

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Smyrna: a poignant tale of loss and belonging

100 years on from of the Destruction of Smyrna, an epic and powerful film tribute entitled ‘Smyrna’ premieres in Greek cinemas on December 23. Elena Panayides speaks to actress Nedie Antoniades about her emotional voyage embodying the role of Angelica, from its successful two-year theatrical staging in Athens, to the ambitious, internatio...

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Talismans and Portals, Alexandros Georgiou’s dispatches from another world at Rebecca Camhi Gallery

Alexandros Georgiou’s Prince in a Blue Crown at Rebecca Camhi Gallery doesn’t just push boundaries, Cara Hoffman observes, ‘these are dispatches from another universe; a psychic excavation, a revelation.’ Georgiou is a spiritual magpie and the canvas is a tangle with the talismans he has collected; animal heads, maps, biological diagrams.  ...

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The Sanctuaries Deep Within Us

Tenia Christopoulou discusses her peripatetic memoir and debut publication, Lords of the Dance with Sudha Nair-Iliades. A compelling read, Lords of the Dance takes its readers on a wide-ranging journey over several continents, whilst delving deep into the fundamental questions. What does it mean to remember? What does it mean to endure? ...

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What to see and do in Athens this December

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Athens. Almost as a reaction to the muted Christmas we had last year,  the appetite for live entertainment and cultural offerings seems to have gone into over-drive. Expect Christmas 2021 to be bigger, sparklier and more filled with festive fun than ever before, certain menacing letters of th...

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Alexandros Georgiou colour-soaked child-like paintings beg introspection

What:  An exhibition of oil paintings on canvas and works on paper created by artist Alexandros Georgiou in New York and Athens from 2017 to the present. The works present a multicolored world, in which mysterious creatures reside and interact, at times anthropomorphic and at others not, as if from the subconscious. Using oil paints and marker pens...

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