Art-Athina hits back at grim reality with a splash of color
Annual fair unites local and international galleries and institutions
The Tae Kwon Do complex in Faliro has transformed into a meeting place for artists, collectors and art aficionados once again, with the annual Art-Athina fair running at the sports facility to through tomorrow. The 17th edition of the international contemporary art fair of Athens opened its doors to the public yesterday.
Art-Athina 2011 showcases works by more than 300 local and international artists which are on display in the fair’s nu- merous pavilions. Taking part in this year’s edition are 58 galleries and 40 cultural organizations from nine countries.
At the same time the annual fair also presents a series of parallel events, including lectures, screenings and workshops. Included in the parallel program is a project developed by students in the Applied and Visual Arts Department at the University of Western Macedonia in Florina.
Bright colors and pop aesthetics are two of the key elements in this year’s Art-Athina – a reaction, perhaps, to the overall dark mood that has taken over the country.
Visitors will get the chance to stroll around the vast, well-organized space of the indoor arena, among works by Manolis Charos, Opy Zouni (Eikastikos Kyklos Gallery), Kostis Velonis, Georgia Sagri (AD Gallery), Alexandros Tombazis (Artower Agora), Faidon Patrikalakis (Astrolavos Art Gallery), Gilbert & George (Bernier/Eliades), Nikos Giavropoulos (Cheapart), Yiannis Hadjiaslanis (Kalfayan Galleries), Marina Abramovic (Kappatos Gallery) and Vlassis Caniaris (The Breeder).
Besides showcasing the activity of local art spaces, ArtAthina is also hosting representatives from galleries in Italy, Germany, Cyprus, Britain and Japan.
As part of the parallel activities, the QW3RTY team presents “Blitzkrieg,” a project featuring video artworks by four innovative artists, and Kunsthalle Athena is organizing a game of creative table tennis, while the post-2004 Faliro Bay landscape is presented in the“Mikrogeografies” (Small Geographies) display.
Also on the program of events is a tribute to the landmark Zita-Mi Gallery in Thessaloniki. The tribute includes various lectures along with the screening of Antonis Kioukas’s documentary, “I Would Like to Give You My Heart for Ever Zita-Mi.” The documentary screening will take place on Saturday at 6 p.m.
The fair’s daily opening hours are noon to 9 p.m. Admission costs 10 euros.