Art Athina 2019
14-16 September 2019
Art Athina 2019 reconvenes for the 24th year in a brand new venue in the heart of Athens. The biggest annual cultural event of Greece, which has reached institutional prominence, will take place between Saturday 14th to Monday 16th of September 2019 at Zappeion Mansion. Art Athina 2019 is organised under the auspices of the H. E. The President of the Hellenic Republic, Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos, who is set to inaugurate the fair on Friday, 13th September at 19:30.
Art Athina 2019 involves participations from 36 Greek and international galleries. Its new host, Zappeion Mansion, is strongly associated with Culture, Sports and recent Greek History. It constitutes the first building to be erected for the purposes of the modern Olympic Games, while it is also considered a milestone of Greek Neoclassical architecture. One specific section of this year’s fair, Video, will find a home under the Athenian night sky, within the oldest cinema of Athens, AegliZappeiou.
Located for a second year in the centre of Athens – a move that was widely applauded by its audience – the fair returns with the main section of its program. In June 2019, preceding this year’s autumnal edition, was Art Athina Summer Pop Up: an international exhibition in the heart of the city, hosted in the ample empty spaces of an office building on 48-50 Aiolou St., with participating galleries from Greece and abroad. Art Athina Summer Pop was organised by Art Athina under the artistic direction ofStamatiaDimitrakopoulos, as an initiative signifying what it is to come in Art Athina 2019, and to stay true to the fair’s annual summer-time meet-up.
Art Athina 2019 Program involves the following:
Main: The main section of the art fair spreads in the main hall of Zappeion Mansion, where local and international galleries present their program.
Video:This year’s Video section includes video works selected from Daata Editions, a platform that commissions artist videos, sound, poetry and web to a new generation of artists who work with moving image and sound, DESTE Foundation as well as independent Greek and international artists. The program is curated by Art Athina Artistic Director, StamatiaDimitrakopoulos, and will take place at Aegli open-air cinema on Monday, September 16th at 9pm.
Talks: For the second year, independent curator Katerina Nikou, invites significant individuals from the international art community – museum directors, curators, art historians – to join Art Athina 2019’s Talks program. Central axis of this year’s program is the question “The Future is Now?” setting the way towards developing further a critical art discourse.
Live: This year’s Live program involves artists working in performance who are represented by galleries participating in Art Athina 2019. It will take place within the spaces of Zappeion Mansion throughout the duration of the fair. This year’s edition, curated by SozitaGoudouna, Professor, City University New York, and Head of Operations at Raymond Pettibon Studio, sheds light on the evolution of theatricality from its origin in the theatre to its present use in other art forms and focuses on collaborative practices between historic visual artists that have experimented with performance and emerging artists.
Educational Program: The educational program “Art Athina – We are the future” is organized by non-profit International Social Organization for Contemporary Art and Culture, KROMA, designed for children (6-years-old and above), tenagers and their parents/ carerers.
The expanded program consists of more than 10 workshops with Art in various forms. Painting, doodle art, constructions, collage, mosaic, mystery game, engraving, are just some of the activities that participants will engage in, developing their artistic skills and imagination. Workshops implementation is held by experienced artists, educators, writers, researchers and cultural groups. Participation is free of charge.
Art Athina All Year Round: Art Athina’s activities spread beyond the duration of the fair, within initiatives that run all-year-round.
Educational Program: The Hellenic Art Galleries Association and the J. F. Costopoulos Foundation, within the framework of Art Athina, carried out for the second time the educational programme on the course of the artwork. The programme, based on the idea of Art Athina’s art director, StamatiaDimitrakopoulos, was successfully organised for the first time in the history of the fair last year and was repeated this year under the direction of curator KaterinaNikou.
The programme is addressed to students of the Athens School of Fine Arts, visual artists and theoreticians, and aims to inform, inspire, and prepare their introduction to the art world. Students are invited to meet with the artwork, learning the process from production to exposure. The programme consists of two sections, visits to studios of artists and visits to galleries.
During the 2018-2019 artistic season, seven double meetings were held, in artists’ studios, and then in the galleries representing them in Athens.
ΑrtAthina Workspace: Art Athina continues for a second year the international two-month artist residency, with the support of the Municipality of Athens and Athens Culture Net. Through Art Athina Workspace two artists from the United States and Britain were invited to spend four weeks in Athens seeking inspiration in the city and creating the works that were presented at the international program of Art Athina Summer Pop Up.
Art Athina Open Studios: For one Saturday each month, from January to May 2019, Art Athina invites the Young Patrons of the Museum of Cycladic Art to studio visits with artists represented by the participating galleries of the fair. Art Athina Open Studios offers a unique opportunity to the Young Patrons to meet the artists in their working environment and familiarize with their practice.
The 24th edition of Art Athina is organised by the Hellenic Art Gallery Association and produced by Be Best production company. It is supported by the European Regional Development Fund within the framework of the Regional Operational Programme “Attika” 2014-2020.
Participating galleries in the main section the 24th Art Athina are: antonopoulou.art (Athens), Agathi Kartalos (Αθήνα), Alibi (Athens), Alma Contemporary Art Gallery (Athens – Trikala), Anna Pappas Gallery (Μελβούρνη), Argo Gallery (Athens), ΑrtAppel Gallery (Athens), Arusha Gallery (Scotland), Astrolavos Art Galleries (Athens), Cheapart (Αθήνα), Citronne Gallery (Αθήνα), Crux Gallerie (Athens), Donopoulos International Fine Arts (Thessaloniki), ekfrasi-yiannaGrammatopoulou (Athens), EleftheriaTseliou Gallery (Athens), EleniKoroneou Gallery (Athens), Epsilon Art Gallery (Loutraki), Evripidis Art Gallery (Athens), Gallery “7” (Athens), Gallery Art Prisma (Pireaus), Gallery d’ Arte (New Jersey) Genesis Gallery (Athens), i-D Projectart (Athens), IkastikosKiklosSianti (Athens), Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center (Athens), Kalfayan Galleries (Athens -Thessaloniki), kaplanon5 art gallery(Athens), Mihalarias Art (Athens), N, Papatzikou Gallery (Veria), PeriTechnonKarteris (Athens), Renatino Gallery (Cyprus), Skoufa Gallery (Athens), Skoufa Gallery Mykonos(Mykonos), Τechnohoros Art Gallery (Athens), The Breeder Gallery (Athens), ZinaAthanassiadou Gallery (Thessaloniki).
Friday 13th, September: 14:00 -22.30 (invitation-only)
Saturday 14th, September: 12:00 – 21:00
Sunday 15th, September: 12:00 – 21:00
Monday 16th, September: 12:00 – 21:00
General Admission Ticket: 8 €
Concession (unemployed, students, over 65 years-old): 5 €
Group ticket (15+ persons): 5 €
Free Admission: under 18s, disabled, ASFA students, members of ΑΙCA and the Association of Greek Art Historians and the Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece.
For further information please contact 6972 729477 (Mary Adamopoulou) – 6932134556 (YiannisAsdrahas)
Address: Zappeion Mansion, Vassilissis Olgas Ave., Athens 105 57
Phone: +30 210 3607546
Media Sponsor: KROMA Magazine