Athens Insider Summer 2020

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Leonard Cohen’s Greek destiny: It was the promise of a suntan that brought him to Hydra

Who knew that a random conversation with a bank teller on a dreary, dank September afternoon in London would have such a profound impact on a young writer’s destiny? A superficial exchange about the clerk’s unusually dark tan led to Cohen hopping on a plane to Athens and heading out to Hydra. Hydra promised the life Cohen had craved: spar...

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Hydra and Brice Marden’s Abstract Art star at Gagosian’s new Athens premises

Art critic Peter Schjeldahl of The New Yorker, described  the acclaimed 81-year old artist Brice Marden  as "the most profound abstract painter of the past four decades." And for good reason. Some of his paintings have been sold for more than 10 million dollars. He is also a hotelier, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, ...

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Fragments of Perfect Anarchy: the story of an 18th century Hydra home cum music studio

In the sixties Hydra became an artists’ colony, even Leonard Cohen couldn’t resist and bought a house there. It has changed quite a bit since then and the simple lifestyle of those days changed into a more luxurious one. One local has been through it all – Stephan Colloredo-Mansfeld, who made his fortune being one of the first rare-record...

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Athens gets a new temple of design

If Piraeus was a blur of a stopover on your way to the islands, it now promises to be the hottest new design destination for the art-lusty. Carwan Gallery, a leading international contemporary design gallery, with a focus on promoting and producing cutting-edge collectible design, launches in Piraeus in September 2020. With Carwan, Nicola...

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Michelin-Star Chef Luca Piscazzi brings his award-winning cuisine at Four Seasons Athens

Chef Luca Piscazzi brings his impressive talent and appetite for experimentation to Four Seasons Athens this summer. Piscazzi’s presence in the hotel is set to not only raise the culinary bar in Four Seasons Athens; but it will undoubtedly make the gastronomic landscape in Greece a lot more exciting. Four Seasons pulls off a c...

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A Pandemic of Populism

In his third corona series, Jeff Siger ponders on populist choices and consequences when politics trumps science. One of the lessons in June has been how the power of one event can have an impact on global businesses and popular culture. "When faced with a pandemic disease of the human body or of the body politic, it is only the elected a...

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A Magical Tour of Greece. Part 3: Mountains

In the third and final leg of his Magical Tour, John Kittmer takes us atop mountains he has yet to conquer, across inhospitable cliffs that plunge into turbid, inky waters. In my gloomier and lonelier moments in the ambassador’s office in the ugly concrete block of the Athens Embassy, I would part the bomb curtains at the wind...

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Constantin Xenakis and his Poetic City

Celebrated Greek artist Constantin Xenakis passed away in Paris on June 6, leaving behind a great body of work. His works reflected his own cultural influences and included the written script, symbols and codes of everyday life, traffic signs, alchemy, the zodiac, mathematical and chemical symbols, Egyptian hieroglyphics, letters from the...

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