Athens Insider Summer 2020

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Christian Zervos & Cahiers d’Art

WHAT: Described as ‘one of the great unknown figures of art history’, Christian Zervos, publisher and critic of Greek origin, founder of the avant-garde journal Cahiers d’art (1926- 1960) and the gallery and publishing house of the same name, which among other things had the exclusive rights to publish and promote the paintings of Pablo Picasso, wa...

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Artist Helen Zughaib: Art of Displacement

Washington-based Lebanese artist Helen Zughaib’s recent exhibition at the Tsichritzis Gallery (as part of FAME, Female Artists from the Middle East) captures the geometry, colour, and the blinding light of the Middle East. Her powerful narrative on women and displacement touched President Obama so much that he chose her artworks to gift t...

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6 Reasons to visit the Goulandris Museum

Local Pangrati-resident Elena Panayides suggests six compelling reasons to visit the brand-new Basil and Elisa Goulandris Foundation’s Museum of Modern Art. Come for the art, stay on to hone a few skills, savour smart meals with lots of vegan options at the super-stylish restaurant, or just sit on the steps to contemplate the remarkable t...

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A Cultural October fest

An embarrassment of riches as far as the cultural offerings in the city go this October. Athens Insider curates must-see events, exhibitions and festivals to elevate your spirits this autumn.    Cultural Connections WHAT: On first inspection the Aegean Sea and the Qatari Desert don’t seem to have much in common. But in his p...

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ART on the Islands

Exhibition by Kiki Smith Slaughterhouse on Hydra WHAT: The DESTE Foundation’s Project Space at the Slaughterhouse on Hydra island will feature a site-specific exhibition by Kiki Smith. Kiki Smith is a West German-born American artist whose work has addressed the themes of sex, birth and regeneration. Her figurative work of the late 1980s and ...

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Pop goes the world

Argentine artist Marcelo Zabellos, currently exhibiting at the Mamush Gallery, offers an exuberant, colour-drenched commentary on the quotidian. How much of your art is informed by the aesthetics of the media powerhouses you have worked with - Disney and MTV? Although my art incorporates strong elements of a variety of media ty...

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Arts & Events

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 proponents of the luxury lifestyle, Aristotle Onassis and Stavros Niarchos are perpetuating their rivalry posthumously. Their formidable cultural institutions aspire to revolutionize Athens as a cultural destination, inadvertently shifting the city’s cultural epicentre towards the s...

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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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