What’s On in Athens

From food festivals to concerts to international exhibitions, here's a list of some of the best events happening around the city in the next months.


FREE ENTRY TO THE MUSEUMS

August 26

132 museums and archaeological sites across Greece will be open to the public with free admission for the full moon on the evening of Sunday, August 26, while 95 of the sites are to hold special events from August 24 through 27 including concerts, movie screenings, theatrical shows, poetry readings and guided cultural tours.
Last year’s August full moon events drew more than 75,000 visitors to museums and archaeological sites across the country.
The Culture Ministry has been organizing the full moon initiative since 2002 while this year it forms part of events being organized for European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.

Prenuptial Agreement

Angeliki Hatzimichali Museum of Folk Art and Tradition, to August 31

The institution of the dowry, which has been dispensed with in modern societies, is at the center of an interesting exhibition at the Angeliki Hatzimichali Museum of Folk Art and Tradition. Wedding objects and symbols (wedding wreaths, handwoven textiles, traditional wedding dresses) are arranged alongside art installations, transcribed dowry agreements and creations inspired by real objects inextricably associated with wedding preparations. “The Dowry.”

6 Angelikis Hatzimichali, Plaka (Metro: Syntagma)

ALLOUCHE BENIAS INAUGURAL EXHIBITION

Allouche Benias, June 1 – August 31

The inaugural exhibition of the Allouche Benias Gallery, which aims to present some of the most influential contemporary artists on a Global level, will feature the four contemporary American artists Donald Baechler, Ross Bleckner, Enoc Perez and Kenny Scharf. The gallery itself is housed in the historical building of Deligeorgis Mansion designed by E. Ziller, located in downtown Athens.

Find more information and download the exhibition catalogue here

1 Kanari, Kolonaki

The Female Body

The Breeder, to August 31

Swiss-Iranian Vanessa Safavi focuses on the female figure, exploring how the female body is captured in art. In her third solo exhibition in Athens, the visual artist presents a series of new wall sculptures and photographic works, in which silicon plays a central role. “It is a material reminiscent of the human skin and evoking the human body,” she stresses. “Vanessa Safavi: Turns and Returned.”

45 Iasonos (Metro: Metaxourgeio)

MAURITSSTAD AND THE GOLDEN AGE

Brazilian Embassy Cultural Center, to September 7

Four acclaimed Brazilian contemporary artists, Eudes Mota, Jeims Duarte, Kilian Glasner and Marcio Almeida, present their views on the legacy of the Dutch occupation of northeastern Brazil between 1630 and 1654 in “Mauritsstad and the Golden Age,” an exhibition at the Brazilian Embassy’s cultural center, Casa do Brasil, organized in cooperation with the Dutch Embassy. Visiting hours for the show, which runs through September 7, are Mondays to Fridays from 10.00 to 17.00.

Casa do Brasil, 23 Vassilissis Sofias

The Multitalented Minas

Benaki Museum–Pireos 138, September 6-9

During his military service, he designed the hydraulic recoil mechanism for artillery pieces. In his long career, he has signed his name on furniture, everyday objects, jewelry – all of them elegant. To mark the 80th birthday of Greek designer Minas, the Benaki Museum presents a total of 50 black-and-white photographs by Costas Coutayar, which show people of all ages wearing the jewelry of the multidimensional creator. At the same time, some of the creations worn by the models in the photographs will be on show in display cases especially designed by Minas himself. “Minas: Clarity of Shapes through the Lens of Coutayar”.

138 Pireos & Andronikos (Metro: Kerameikos)

ALVIN AILEY

Athens Concert Hall, September 11-15

The Athens Concert Hall will be hosting the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, one of the foremost ensembles in the United States, founded by the late great choreographer in 1958 and responsible for shaping the country’s contemporary dance scene, from September 11 to 15. The shows are part of the company’s 60th anniversary tour and feature Matthew Rushing, a 25-year veteran of the company, performing the iconic solo “I Wanna Be Ready” from Ailey’s classic work “Revelations.”

Get your tickets here (link in Greek).

1 Kokkali & Vassilissis Sofias

An Act of Protest

Rebecca Camhi Contemporary Art Gallery & Kalfayan Galleries, to September 15

Mrs Tependris, the eccentric persona created by the renowned Greek visual artist Konstantin Kakanias, is once again the protagonist of his works (drawings on paper and paintings on ceramic tiles). On some of the tiles, she imagines herself as a statue from classical antiquity, while in some other sketches she takes the lead in various radical acts of activism, demanding the return of the Parthenon Sculptures. Is satire the most effective way of communicating? “That’s Mine Bitch! Do Not Touch. Back Off.”

Rebecca Camhi Contemporary Art Gallery: 9 Leonidou, Metaxourgeio (Metro: Metaxourgeio), Kalfayan Galleries: 11 Haritos, Kolonaki (Metro: Evangelismos)

BURGER FEST

Old Depot OSY, September 14-16

Following the success of the same event in Thessaloniki earlier this summer, Burger Fest comes back to Athens to satisfy our cravings for juice burgers in all their shapes and forms. Some of the best restaurants and burger houses will be there in pop-up form, to serve their versions of the street food everyone loves. There will also be live cooking shows, contests, and other surprises.

Corner of Pireos & Ermou

ONE-MINUTE ATHENS

Benaki Museum, submissions deadline September 20

The Benaki Museum invites everyone to partake in their project “One Minute Athens”, which aims to highlight the many faces of Athens’ architectural identity through minute long videos shot with regular cell phones. Shoot a silent video in vertical format featuring whatever you find worth focusing on in the city (it could be anything from an interesting building or a historical site to streets or squares), complete this entry form, and send them to enaleptoathina@benaki.gr for a chance to be featured in a Benaki Museum exhibition in December.

TASTE OF ATHENS

SNFCC, September 27-30

The world’s most famous food festival, which takes place in more than 20 cities worldwide annually, comes to Athens for the first time this year. A cooperation between Taste Festivals and Toposophy, it will take place on the Great Lawn of the Stavros Niarchor Foundation Cultural Center. Ten iconic Athens restaurants will be there in pop-up form, serving tasting menus and signature dishes at affordable prices. Meanwhile, you will also be able to mingle with some of the country’s top star chefs, take part in cooking classes and tasting events, and much more.

Read more and get tickets here.

364 Antrea Syggrou Avenue, Kallithea

NEW VAROTSOS PIECE

B&M Theocharakis Foundation, to September 30

A new piece is being unveiled at “Costas Varotsos: The Sculpture Poet,” a show on the cutting-edge Greek artist whose emblematic steel and glass sculptures feature in different parts of Europe and the United States, and include “The Runner” outside the Athens Hilton Hotel.

Opening hours are from 10.00 to 18.00 daily and admission costs 7 euros.

Vassilissis Sofias & 1 Merlin, Kolonaki, tel 210.361.1206

PARK YOUR CINEMA

SNFCC, Summer 2018

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center brings back their successful outdoor cinema project, “Park your Cinema”, with free screenings of popular movies at the great lawn. Bring a blanket, mosquito repellent, and a picnic. The first films to be announced are two children’s films: Finding Nemo (27/05/2018) and Finding Dory (02/06/2018), and the classic Sleepless in Seattle (1993) (01/06/2018). (Click on the links for screening info.)

Great Lawn, SNFCC

NISSIM LEVIS PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION

Jewish Museum of Greece, to October 5

“Through the Lens of Nissim Levis: A Family, an Era,” an exhibition at the Jewish Museum of Greece through October 5, focuses on photographs taken by Dr Nissim Levistaken during the period from the final years of Ottoman rule (1898-1913) to 1930.

Part of a three-year program organized by the JMG and the German Embassy in Athens, the exhibition allows the visitor a glimpse into the life of a prominent family in the beautiful town of Ioannina, northern Greece, on the eve of WWII, when the great majority of its Jewish inhabitants were murdered. The descendants of Levis’s family not only offered their constructive cooperation and substantial family research, but kindly agreed to loan the museum heirlooms from their cherished family collection for the purpose of the exhibition. These include personal objects as well as Nissim’s stereoscopic photo viewer, all displayed together with relevant historical material from the JMG collections.

Opening hours are Mondays to Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Read more here.

Jewish Museum of Greece, 39 Nikis, Syntagma

BYZANTINE HISTORY

Byzantine and Christian Museum, to October 10

The Byzantine and Christian Museum exhibition “Byzantium and the Others in the First Millennium: An Empire of Stability in a Turbulent Era,” examines the influential role of Byzantium in Europe and the Mediterranean region from 300 to 1000 AD, a turbulent period of upheavals, in six thematic sections and with objects on loan from significant museums and cultural institutions in Greece and abroad.

Opening hours are Mondays from noon until 20.00 and Tuesdays to Sundays from 08.00 to 20.00.

Admission costs 8 euros.

22 Vassilissis Sofias

PAUL CHAN

Museum of Cycladic Art, to October 14

Invited to the Greek capital by Athens-based non-profit institution NEON, American artist and political activist Paul Chan will present “Odysseus and the Bathers,” comprising kinetic sculptural works, at the Cycladic Museum. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, artists such as Cezanne, Matisse and Picasso used bathers to offer commentary on matters of sexuality, the relationship of humans with nature, the body and various other issues, and as a subject, they still hold tremendous appeal for artists. Chan’s bathers are figures made of fabric fitted onto fans to offer an impression of movement, and according to the artist, finding new ways to create moving-image works beyond the “frame” is what progress might look like.

Opening hours are Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays and Saturdays from 10.00 to 17.00, Thursdays from 10.00 to 20.00 and Sundays from 11.00 to 17.00 Entrance to the exhibition costs 5 euros.

Read more here. 4

Neofytou Douka & Vasilissis Sofias (or 1 Irodotou)

JOAN LEIGH FERMOR PHOTO EXHIBITION

Benaki Museum, May 22 – October 21

The Benaki Museum presents a collection of photographs by Joan Leigh Fermor, the talented wife of the celebrated Irish travel writer Patrick Leigh Fermor. Between the 1940s and 60s Joan took thousands of photographs of people and places as she traveled with her husband around Greece. A few of these photographs appeared in his books “Mani” and “Roumeli,” but most remained unseen until her death in 2003. The Benki show is based on a new book and exhibition by Ian Collins and Olivia Stewart that pays tribute to the elusive figure that was Joan Leigh Fermor.

Opening hours are Wednesdays and Fridays from 10.00. to 18.00, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10.00 to midnight and Sundays from 10.00 to 16.00.

Read more here.

1 Koumbari & Vassilissis Sofias, Kolonaki

GEORGE CONDO EXHIBITION

Museum of Cycladic Art, 8 June – October

The first major solo exhibition of contemporary artist George Condo in Greece will include a fine selection of the important American figurative artist’s paintings, drawings, and sculptures from his 40 year career. Curated by Atalanti Martinou, the show will represent some of the best example of Condo’s work, focusing on the human figure.

Read more here.

Neophytou Douka 4

COUNTLESS ASPECTS OF BEAUTY

National Archaeological Museum, to spring 2019

The National Archaeological Museum presents “Countless Aspects of Beauty,” the final exhibition in a fascinating trilogy showcasing the institution’s impressive collections on the occasion of its 150th anniversary. Here, 350 artifacts, digital media and other displays explore man’s eternal quest for beauty and his need to surround himself with beautiful things, from everyday cooking utensils to jewelry, perfume and other finery. The show also addresses conflicting notions of beauty and aesthetic trends as they evolved from Neolithic times to late antiquity.

Visiting hours are Mondays from 13.00 to 20.00 and Tuesdays to Sundays from 8.00 – 20.00.

Admission costs 10 euros.

44 Patission


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