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"What the Sun Has Seen", 2017, video still | Courtesy of Agnieszka Poska
"What the Sun Has Seen", 2017, video still | Courtesy of Agnieszka Poska
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Must-See Athens Gallery Shows This Spring

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Updated: 26 March 2017
Spring is upon us, bringing with it many exciting exhibitions. Covering a wide range of topics and media, from painting to photography, the following art shows and exhibitions provide the perfect excuse to get out of your routine and ponder about art. Here are the art events you do not want to miss this spring in Athens.
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#The21Project Vol. II at 21 Restaurant

Until May 31, 2017

#The21project is Mykonian art gallery Dio Horia’s second art show at the 21 Restaurant. The event will present international and Greek artists such as Rallou Panagiotou, Alexandros Tzannou, Juergen Teller and Stelios Karamanolis. The exhibition, focusing on the theme of cultural appropriation and its inevitability, revolves around the artists’ works and aims to expand the viewership beyond museums and art galleries.

21 Restaurant, 21 Kolokotroni, Kifissia, Athens, Greece, +30 210 808 8822

Courtesy of Dio Horia

Courtesy of Dio Horia

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Rallou Panagiotou at Bernier-Eliades Gallery

March 29 – May 4, 2017

Incorporeal Bundles is Greek artist Rallou Panagiotou’s first solo exhibition at the Bernier-Eliades Gallery, which opens on March 29, 2017. Known for her unique works where she explores symbolic replacements and formal juxtapositions, in this exhibit, Panagiotou focuses on everyday objects and architectural features that bear no value in the market exchange, as their intrinsic worth relies on their inherent properties.

Bernier-Eliades Gallery, 11 Eptachalkou, Athens, Greece, +30 210 341 3935-7

Courtesy of Bernier-Eliades Gallery

Courtesy of Bernier-Eliades Gallery

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Maria Kriara at CAN – Christina Androulidaki Gallery

March 31 – May 27, 2017 (Opening night on the 31st at 8 PM)

Under the aegis of documenta 14, the CAN – Christina Androulidaki Gallery will be hosting works by young Greek artist Maria Kriara. Known for her ability to select subjects with the ultimate aim to create a visual impact, her show, titled the Pawn Shop, is an invitation. Indeed, she beckons viewers to reflect on the recent events that happened in Greece and on language to (re)discover collective narratives and myths. Kriara is a sort of pawnbroker, removing connotations from common items, whether historical or sentimental.

CAN – Christina Androulidaki Gallery, 42 Anagnostopoulou, Athens, Greece, +30 210 339 0833

Courtesy of CAN Christina Androulidaki gallery

Courtesy of CAN Christina Androulidaki Gallery

It Looks Like Up To Me at Eleni Koroneou Gallery

Art Gallery, Building
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Installation view from the exhibition ‘6 Artists’, 2013, featuring works by Helmut Middendorf, Martin Kippenberger and Alex Hubbard
Installation view from the exhibition ‘6 Artists’, 2013, featuring works by Helmut Middendorf, Martin Kippenberger and Alex Hubbard | © Eleni Koroneou Gallery

It Looks Like Up To Me at Eleni Koroneou Gallery

Until April 14, 2017

Get ready for the group exhibition titled It Looks Like Up To Me at Eleni Koroneou Gallery. The show shines a spotlight on Panos Papadopoulos, Eirini Efstathiou, Eftihis Patsourakis, Yorgos Sapountzis, Lito Kattou, and Olga Migliaressi-Phoca, a group of Greek artists exploring the landscape of Athens through different approaches.

Eleni Koroneou Gallery, 30, Dimofontos & 7, Thorikion, Athens, Greece, +30 210 341 1748

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12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Si Sedes Non Is at the Breeder Gallery

April 6 – May 31, 2017

Curated by Milovan Farronato, Si Sedes Non Is, a group exhibition at the Breeder Gallery, presents Greek and international artists, including Lucy McKenzie, Karl Holmqvist, Christian Holstad, Angelos Papadimitriou, Christodoulos Panayiotou and Socratis Socratous. On Thursday, April 6, 2017, the gallery will be open from 11:00 PM until 4:00 AM, where the series of sculptures, magical writings and paintings will come to life in unique performances.

The Breeder Gallery, 45 Iasonos, Athens, Greece, +30 210 331 7527

At The Ritz, Anna Franceschini | Courtesy of The Breeder Gallery

At The Ritz, Anna Franceschini | Courtesy of The Breeder Gallery

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Paratoxic Paradoxes at the Benaki Museum

March 22 – May 21, 2017

The Benaki Museum invites you to discover Paratoxic Paradoxes, an exhibition which presents 11 moving image artworks (video, film, animation and digital imaging). Commissioned by Polyeco Contemporary Art Initiative (PCAI), a non-profit art platform, and curated by Nadja Argyropoulou, the exhibition includes works by Eva Papamargariti, Loukia Alavanou, Vasilis P. Karouk and other international artists as well, including Wu Tsang, Sophia Al Maria, Agnieszka Polska and Anja Kirschner. The exhibition will attempt to answer the question of ‘Is man’s relationship to the environment the most controversial, recalcitrant and unfinished project of humanity?’ through a contemporary viewpoint of eco-criticism and political ecology.

Benaki Museum, Pireos Avenue Annex, 138 Pireos, Athens, Greece, +30 210 345 3111

Courtesy of Polyeco Contemporary Art Initiative (PCAI)

Eva Papamargariti, Always a body, always a thing, 2016-2017 
still from single-channel video, sound, colour, Courtesy of the artist

Learning From Athens – documenta 14

April 8 – July 16, 2017

This year, the prestigious art show documenta 14, dubbed ‘the museum of a hundred days’, will be split between Athens and Kassel, Germany. Part of a collaboration between documenta 14 and the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (EMST), the event, which usually serves as a forum to reflect on global developments in contemporary art, culture, and society, will focus on the refugee crisis, the financial crisis, restitution problems and censorship through the work of over 100 artists. Check the website to get more information on the program.

National Museum of Contemporary Art, Kallirrois Avenue & Amvr. Frantzi Str, Athens, Greece, +30 21 0924 2111

Fridericianum, Kassel | © Mathias Völzke
Fridericianum, Kassel | © Mathias Völzke