What’s On in Athens: Events, Exhibitions, Festivals and More

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.


I am… How I see myself

Museum of Cycladic Art, October 25-February 28

The Museum of Cycladic Art is hosting a drawing competition for children aged 4-15 years old. This year, the theme is self portraits. The portraits can be representations of anything from your physical appearance to your hopes and dreams; they should be what you see when you look in the mirror. To take part in the competition, you need to print out a outline of a Cypriot bronze mirror dating to 1200-1050 BC, which is on display at the museum, and use it as the base for your drawing.

Find more information, and print out the entry form and the mirror outline here.

Carnival at Syntagma Square

Syntagma Square, February 28

A special event titled “Carnaval La Land”, organized by the City of Athens and the Athens Art Network, will take place on Friday, February 28. The event will feature musical theater, flash mobs, Afro-Brazilian percussion, samba, tango, performances by Mexican singer Martha Moreleon, performer Tereza Kazitori, and mime and dancer Fanis Kafousias (among others), and many more surprises.

The party starts at noon.

George Zongolopoulos

Roma Gallery, December 12-February 29

“George Zongolopoulos: Familiar Projects, Sculptures from his Home and Studio,” at the Roma Gallery, presents small- and mid-scale sculptures that the artist often “revisited” to find inspiration for new work, found in his home in the northern Athenian suburb of Psychico. The exhibition is curated by Katerina Koskina, an art historian and close associate of the late Greek artist.

5 Roma, Kolonaki

Morosini and his Legacy

Ioannis Makryiannis Wing of the Gennadius Library, to February 29

“Francesco Morosini and his Legacy on Crete, Athens and the Morea,” on display at the Ioannis Makryiannis Wing of the Gennadius Library through February 29, comprises a wealth of materials from the collections of the Gennadius Library (maps, cityscapes, topographical and architectural drawings, reports, manuscripts and illustrated rare books) that flesh out Morosini’s presence in Greece, from the siege of Candia, culminating in the surrender of the city to the Ottomans in 1669, to the bombardment of the Parthenon in 1687, and the Venetian dominion of the Peloponnese (1685-1715). The exhibits also include loans from the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities, the Acropolis Restoration Service, the Benaki Museum, the Numismatic Museum, and the private collections of Theodoros Theodorou and the Sagramoso family of Illasi in Italy.

Opening hours for the exhibition are Wednesdays from 11.00-16.00, Thursdays and Fridays from 16.00-20.00. and Saturdays from 11.00-15.00.

Admission is free.

54 Souidias

Melita Vangelatou: Casablanca

Museum of Islamic Art, November 14-March 1

Photographs by Melita Vangelatou present to the visitor the way of life of the people in Casablancas remaining traditional districts, where few things differ from the villages where these people were born.

Opening hours are Thursday-Sunday 10.00-18.00

Read more here.

22 Ag. Asomaton & 12 Dipilou

The Cyclades in the Mycenaean Age

Benaki Museum, December 12-March 8

The Benaki Museum’s Pireos Street annex presents “From Homer’s World: Tenos and the Cyclades in the Mycenaean Age,” an exhibition of finds from a Mycenaean tomb discovered at Agia Thekla on the island of Tinos. Inspired by Homer’s “Iliad” and “Odyssey,” the exhibition aims to showcase the elevated cultural level of that period and shed light on basic human activities, with antiquities from other important prehistoric sites in the Aegean.

Opening hours are Thursdays and Sundays from 10.00-18.00 and Fridays and Saturdays from 10.00-22.00.

Read more here.

138 Pireos & Andronikou

Yannis Tsarouchis

Yannis Tsarouchis Foundation, to March 15

In “Cast Shadows,” the Yannis Tsarouchis Foundation presents paintings, drawing, studies and written observations by one of the most prolific 20th century Greek artists that highlight his fascination with the play of light and shadow.

Admission costs 3 euros and opening hours are Mondays to Fridays from 9.00 to 14.00 and Saturdays and Sundays from 10.00-15.00.

28 Ploutarchou, Maroussi

City of Robots

Hellenic Cosmos, to March 15

Especially popular with kids, the interactive touring show City of Robots is currently in Athens, featuring dozens of cool droids and bots, projection and virtual reality games, a podcast by Tesla and much more.

Opening hours are Tuesdays to Thursdays from 09.00-13.30, Fridays from 09.00-20.00, Saturdays from 11.00-20.00 and Sundays from 10.00-19.00.

254 Pireos, Tavros

Lynda Benglis: In the Realm of the Senses

Museum of Cycladic Art, Stathatos Mansion, November 22-March 15

“Lynda Benglis: In the Realm of the Senses”, curated by the writer, critic and art historian, Dr. David Anfam, will include over 30 pieces of her work, created over half a century. It’s the artist’s first solo show in the country.

The exhibition opening will take place at 19.00 on November 21.

Read more here.

Vasilissis Sophias Avenue & Irodotou

Men and Motorcycles

CAN Christina Androulidaki Gallery, February 7-March 21

CAN Christina Androulidaki Gallery in Kolonaki presents an exhibition of paintings by the late Greek artist Celia Daskopoulou, titled “Men and Motorcycles.” Daskopoulou (1936-2006) was predominantly known for her portraits of women, reflecting either their social role or their inner state of mind. She was an eminent female artist in Greece. “Men and Motorcycles” mainly includes portraits of men in some of the artist’s lesser-known paintings.

The exhibition will be inaugurated on February 7 at 20.00. Opening hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 15.00 and 17.00-20.00 and Saturdays from noon to 16.00.

Admission is free.

42 Panagiotou Anagnostopoulou, Kolonaki

Edouard Sacaillan exhibition

Kalfayan Galleries, February 13-March 28

Edouard Sacaillan’s solo exhibition “We,” comprises new paintings centered around the idea of “spectators,” one of the main themes in the artist’s work, often featuring cityscape backgrounds with people in the foreground staring out at the viewer, thus creating an impression of interaction.

The opening takes place at 20.00 on February 13, following which opening hours are Saturdays and Mondays from 11.00-15.00 and Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11.00-19.00. On March 20, the gallery will be open until midnight.

Admission is free.

11 Haritos, Kolonaki

Kosmas Xenakis

Eynard Mansion, to March 28

The National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation presents an exhibition of works by the pioneering and multifaceted Romanian-born Greek artist Kosmas Xenakis (1925-84) at its cultural center in the Eynard Mansion. Titled “Butchers and Ram-Bearers,” this collection of paintings comes from a series he did on young butchers – as well as other scenes from day-to-day life in Athens during the 1940s – a motif that evolved into a central part of his later work.

Opening hours are Mondays to Fridays from noon to 18.00 and Saturdays from 11.00-17.00. 20

Agiou Konstantinou, Omonia

JEFF WALL

The George Economou Collection, June 18 2019-April 2020

The first solo exhibition of Canadian artists Jeff Wall’s work opens at the George Economou Collection on June 18. The artist’s fine art photography, created between the late 1980s and the 2010s, is presented in three sections, reflecting his involvement with various historical narratives.

Opening hours are Monday-Friday 10.00-18.00.

Find more information here.

80 Kifissias Avenue

EROTIC POSTCARDS FROM GREECE

Onassis Stegi, Marsh 18-April 5

The Onassis Stegi presents a fictional documentary performance by Anestis Azas and Lena Kitsopoulou, based on the relationship between tourism and eroticism, using audiovisual material (video and photographs), theatrical effects, actors and citizen testimonies.

The performances will start at 21.00 Wednesday through Sunday.

Find more information here.

107-109 Syngrou Avenue

The Human Form in 20th Century Greek Painting

B&M Theocharakis Foundations for the Fine Arts and Music, January 22-April 26

The B&M Theocharakis Foundation presents an exhibition of masterpieces from the museum’s vast collections with focus on the human form. The exhibition is curated by Lambrini Karakourti-Orfanopoulou and features works by artists including Yannis Tsarouchis, Dico Byzantios, Thalia Flora-Karavia and Dimitris Mytaras.

Opening hours are Mondays to Wednesdays and Fridays to Sundays from 10.00-18.00 and Thursdays from 10.00-20.00.

9 Vassilissis Sofias & 1 Merlin

Greek War of Independence Retold in Playmobil

National Historical Museum, October 13 2019-May 31 2020

Celebrating 200 years since the Greek Revolution, the National Historical Museum has created an exhibition at once whimsical and informative, on display in its main hall. More than 20 dioramas made using specially made Playmobil figures and accessories present different settings with scenes of battle and everyday life at the time to teach children and adults about this turning point in Greek history.

Opening hours are Tuesdays to Sundays from 9.00-14.00.

Admission is free.

Read more here.

13 Stadiou

Picasso: Blue and Rose Period

SNFCC, February 3-May 31

A special audiovisual exhibition through the early years of Pablo Picasso’s career, featuring film and “interactive books” will take place in the SNFCC’s 360° room. Opening hours are Mondays to Fridays from 13.00-22.00 and Saturdays and Sundays from 09.00-22.00. From April 13 to 26, opening hours will be extended to 09.00-22.00 daily.

Admission is free, but online pre-registration is required. Find more information and register to visit here.

364 Syngrou, Kallithea

Yannis Peppas: Τhe German Occupation

Yannis Pappas Studio, to May 31

Art historian Zetta Antonopoulou has put together an exhibition on the Greek artist Yannis Pappas (1913-2005) at his studio in Zografou, which was donated to the Benaki Museum for preservation by the artist’s son. On his return from the war front and throughout the German occupation, Pappas lived in his studio. “Yannis Pappas: Τhe German Occupation” presents work created during that period and the studio’s permanent exhibition, which remains in situ.

The venue is open Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays from 10.00-14.00.

Admission is free and free audio guided tours are available in Greek, English, French, Spanish, Russian and Chinese.

38 Anakreontos, Zografou


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