Art-Athina hits back at grim re­al­ity with a splash of color

An­nual fair unites lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional gal­leries and in­sti­tu­tions

Kathimerini English - - Life - BY CHRISTINA SANOUDOU

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.

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