October’s arty treats
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October’s arty treats

ATHENS’ Autumnal breeze invites you to take to the streets and discover some art in the most beautiful spaces of this ever changing city with an antique heart. And there are quite a few shows to choose from that are definitely worth the visit. Here are a few to trigger your creative cravings: Benaki Museum The … Continue reading

Benaki’s tasty performance of happiness
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Benaki’s tasty performance of happiness

HAPPINESS is… How can it be defined these days? Take two very different countries for example, Greece and Denmark. Do they define happiness differently? And to what extent are their people happy? The performance-salon ‘Happiness Unlimited’ at the Benaki Pireos will help us analyze the meaning of this coveted feeling, concept and aim of life, … Continue reading

EMST: Athens’ answer to Tate Modern, sets ball rolling with events, shows
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EMST: Athens’ answer to Tate Modern, sets ball rolling with events, shows

LIFE without art, would be like Greece without sun. The crisis has however cast its shadow over the Greek art scene. Nevertheless, there are plenty of exhibitions and events going on, especially in Athens. This capital with a population of around 665,000 in the city centre (or 3.75 million in the metropolitan area), has about … Continue reading

Some Hope in the heart of Athens
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Some Hope in the heart of Athens

THE REGENCY style’s ‘philhellenism’ is evident in its penchant for ancient Greek design elements (plus Roman and Egyptian). One of its greatest exponents, was Thomas Hope (1769-1831), who also had a great love of Oriental culture and style, as evident in his 60 drawings of Istanbul, that are on display these days at the Benaki’s Islamic … Continue reading

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Art and music united

THERE’S an interesting marriage of art and music going on these days in Athens – a truly wonderful idea and experience. The Athens State Orchestra is performing some concerts at various annexes of the Benaki museum: Kicking off with a trio of musicians playing works by Schubert and Brahms at the Benaki’s Hadjikyriakos-Ghika museum on Monday, March … Continue reading

Why is Greek art underrated? And why invest in it?
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Why is Greek art underrated? And why invest in it?

WITH THE CRISIS, Greek assets in general have plummeted, and with them, so did the Greek art market. Auction houses such as Sotheby’s and Christie’s have lost their interest in Greek art (their Greek sales becoming rarer and rarer), while some collectors have been trying to sell off some of their Greek works. What does … Continue reading

Farewell Tetsis, Greek light catcher
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Farewell Tetsis, Greek light catcher

IN THE work of acclaimed painter Panayiotis Tetsis, light and colour are enemies and allies because without the one, the other cannot exist. But it is darkness that is colour’s real enemy. In this amazing contemporary colourist’s last show of 27 large-scale works at the Theocharakis Foundation (May 6-October 25 2015), Tetsis, who used to … Continue reading

The Benaki’s Abramovic experience
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The Benaki’s Abramovic experience

Serbian artist Marina Abramovic – the world-renowned pioneer of contemporary performance art – is known for pushing the limits of her body and spirit through her art, unafraid of the consequences, whether they be pain, danger or exhaustion. In 1997 she was awarded with the Golden Lion award at the Venice Biennale, in 2008 with … Continue reading

A few suggestions for February
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A few suggestions for February

So, what’s in store for February in terms of art? Here are some exhibitions that you might want to start off with in Athens, the city of dreams and nightmares, crisis tension and classical harmony, general strikes and cultural creativity (and much, much more of course): Metamatic:taf (the art foundation) The ‘Culturelines Sans Frontieres’ project … Continue reading

Let’s talk about art, collector Frissiras
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Let’s talk about art, collector Frissiras

SITTING in collector Vlassis Frissiras’ office, I explain to him that I had interviewed him once before, about 12 or so years ago – and that although I have taken a break from covering the art scene in Greece for a decade (!!!!!! due to a ‘change of profession’ after becoming a full-time mum), my … Continue reading