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.


Note: Due to the spread of the COVID-19 corona virus and countrywide lock-down, all but essential shops and services have been shut until further notice, and all cultural and recreational events have been canceled. Regular updates of this article will return once the measures are lifted. In the meantime stay home and stay safe!

All is One

Black Duck Multiplarte, to March 14

A solo exhibition by psychologist and painter Mari Prouzou entitled “All is One” is on display at Black Duck Multiplarte. The artist’s works constitute an allegory of life and the human soul, through soft but colorful depictions of flowers, birds, and butterflies, made with oil or acrylic paint.

Opening hours to the gallery are Mondays to Sundays from 13.00-21.00.

The entrance is free.

9 Christou Lada

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.

Opening hours are Mondays to Fridays from 9.00 to 14.00 and Saturdays and Sundays from 10.00-15.00.

Admission costs 3 euros.

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

Aristotelis Tzakos

Nikos Chatzikyriakos-Gikas gallery, to March 21

The Hellenic American Union and the Hellenic American College present a solo painting exhibition by Athens School of Fine Arts’ professor Aristotelis Tzakos at the Nikos Chatzikyriakos-Gikas art gallery in downtown Athens. The artist was driven by the idea of exploring the art of “pure painting”, which aims at provoking emotions in abstract representations using shapes, colors and light.

Opening hours are: Mondays to Fridays from 12.00-21.00 and Saturdays from 10.30-14.30.

Entrance to the gallery is free.

3 Kriezotou, Athens

“Peeingwhilestanding E.T”

P.E.T Projects, March 6-28

P.E.T Projects in the downtown neighborhood of Kypseli in Athens presents “Peeingwhilestanding E.T”, a multimedia exhibition featuring a writer’s bench, a sculpture, a mural, a rap song written by an algorithm and a 3D holographic rapper, which are all elements related to subculture. The rap song’s video will be projected on the last day of the exhibition, which will be followed by a party with Peeingwhilestanding E.T participants on the docks and visuals.

Opening hours are Fridays and Saturdays 15.00-19.00. Appointments outside of these hours can be made by contacting P.E.T Projects founder Angelo Plessas at angeloplessas@gmail.com.

Entrance is free.

87 Kerkyras, Athens

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

Salty Fields

Herakleidon Museum, to March 29

The Herakleidon museum in the downtown Athens neighborhood of Thisio presents the “Salty Fields” joint exhibition by Aggeliki Loi and Dimitra Skandali comprised of installations, constructions, drawings and mixed media art works. It was inspired by research on sea vegetation such as seaweed and seagrass and their importance in the environment. Additionally, lectures and other events on marine biology will be held on specific dates.

Opening hours are Monday & Tuesday from 10.00-14.00 and Wednesday to Sunday from 10.00-18.00.

The entrance is free.

Go here for more information.

16 Heraklidon, Athens

Free Entrance to new National Museum of Contemporary Art

National Museum of Contemporary Art, to March 31

The National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) is finally officially opening its doors at the former Fix brewery in downtown Athens on February 28. Visitors will be able to view the museum’s permanent collection, comprising 172 works by 78 Greek and international artists, the Contemporary Exhibition Space, currently hosting the show “EMST Open, EMST as a Storyline,” and the Project Room, where a video installation by artists Larissa Sansour and Soren Lind is on display.

Opening hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11.00-19.00 and Thursdays from 11.00-22.00 (the museum will be closed on March 25).

Admission to the museum will be free until the end of March.

Kallirois & Frantzi

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

Jason Venetsanopoulos

Athens Art Gallery, to April 4

Jason Venetsanopoulos’ third solo exhibition, entitled “neo-mythical”, comprises 15 acrylic on canvas paintings where the artist has attempted to depict a personal and profound myth derived from pop culture, as an antidote to our frantic contemporary lifestyles, in line with his approach of painting as a very personal and experiential act.

Gallery opening hours are Tuesdays to Fridays from 11.00-14.30 & from 18.00-21.00 and Saturdays from 11.00-14.30.

The entrance is free.

4 Glykonos, Athens

GOOD LOVE

Sianti Art Gallery, to April 4

A group exhibition titled “Eros Kalos” (Good Love), featuring work by 21 artists alongside the work of as many writers and poets, is on display at the Sianti Art Gallery.

Opening hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10.00-20.00, Wednesdays from 10.00-15.00 and Saturdays from 10.00-16.00.

Admission is free.

2 Vassileos Alexandrou

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

OPEN HOUSE ATHENS

Multiple venues, April 4-5

The global institution Open House, which takes place in Athens every spring, will once again open the gates to private and public architecturally interesting and historic buildings in the Greek capital for free, turning the city into a big museum. Tours of the buildings, which are hosted by volunteers (last year 550 volunteers took part in the event) are given at a first come-first served basis, so it’s smart to get to the venues early.

Around 100 buildings, to be announced here along with opening hours soon, will be open during the event.

Find more information about the event here.

Dimitris Yeros exhibition

Ikastikos Kiklos DL, March 6-April 11

Ikastikos Kiklos DL in downtown Athens presents a retrospective exhibition on the work of internationally renowned Greek painter Dimitris Yeros, consisting of colourful watercolor paintings in various sizes which often feature his famous figure of the “man in a hurry”. Yeros has realised 58 solo exhibitions in Greece and around the world.

Opening hours are Wednesdays and Saturdays from 11.00-16.00 & Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11.00-20.00.

The entrance is free.

6 Akadimias, Athens

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

XTERRA

Vouliagmeni beach, April 24-26

The worldwide XTERRA Off Road Triathlon Championship, organized every year in Greece by Trimore, will take place in Vouliagmeni, on the Athenian Riviera, on April 24-26. The race, which is open to everyone, features two distances: the Full Distance, consisting of 1.5 km of swimming, 30 km of mountain biking and 10 km of mountain running, and the Sprint Distance, consisting of 750m of swimming, 15km mountain biking and 5km mountain running. In addition, the event will feature a Cross Aquathlon (swimming and running) and an open water swimming challenge.

Top-performing athletes are qualified to take part in the XTERRA World Championship held each year at the end of October in Maui, Hawaii.

Find more information here.

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

Eureka: Science, Art and Technology of the Ancient Greeks

Museum Herakleidon, to July 31

The Association for the Research of Ancient-Greek and Byzantine Technology (ΕΔΑΒυΤ) and the Museum Herakleidon present “Eureka: Science, Art and Technology of the Ancient Greeks”, an exhibition on the Technology of War in Ancient Greece. The exhibition takes places in both of the museum’s two buildings in the neighborhood of Thisio.

Opening hours are Monday & Tuesday from 10.00-14.00 and Wednesday to Sunday from 10.00-18.00.

Tickets cost 7 euros at the door.

Herakleidon Museum main building: 16 Heraklidon Herakleidon Museum building 2: 37 Apostolou Pavlou


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