Art-Athina: An International Summer Art Fair

Art-Athina just came to a close in Athens where it takes place every year, and I am glad to say it was with great success! This year it took place June 21 – 24 and comprised not only of the visit-and-view-within-the-fair-grounds model of an international art fair but also offered exciting parallel programming. Art-Athina included numerous group shows, video screenings, performances, and collaborations with independent art spaces that engaged multiple institutions, artists, collectors and locations around the city. It is always such an interactive event.

Nevertheless, for those less acquainted with Art-Athina, I am compelled to tell you that it is a yearly international art fair that takes place in Athens, Greece. The fair itself lasts for a few days and highlights local, national and international galleries highlighting cutting-edge works of contemporary art. Established in 1993 it is one of the oldest art fairs in Europe and played a key role in the contemporary Greek art market. Another fun fact? Art-Athina‘s artistic director is ambitious Stamatia Demetrakopoulou who has rich experience in cultural programming and management. One thing I admire the most about her work as artistic director of this fair is her empowered and organized initiative to create central and open communication with the galleries involved in conceptualizing and organizing all the related programming.

The design project for Art-Athina this year was tackled by Antiqua Gallery, Athens who are masters of cross-temporal associations in the arts and design fields. For the fair, they presented historical design furniture, lighting and decorations from post-war design masters alongside Greek modernist artworks. Other cross-temporal centered works that also attracted social media attention were by artist Andreas Angelidakis represented by The Breeder. Angelidaki’s Soft Ruins works challenged the viewers’ idea of materiality and historical time. The artist’s large-scale installation of soft concrete-like elements allowed viewers to interact and play with the work. In addition, the New York-based Objects of Common Interest, presented the central installation Athlos designed specially for Art-Athina .

 

 

Disclaimer: None of the images are mine. All images are directly linked to their authors. This post is not marketed material.

 

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