The Top Art Galleries in the Greek Islands

Courtesy of Kivo Art Gallery
Courtesy of Kivo Art Gallery
Ethel Dilouambaka

If you think you won’t get your dose of art when on holidays on the Greek islands, think again. Just like anywhere else, art is all around and sometimes you might even stumble upon a gallery or a museum. Here is some of the top art galleries you will find across the Greek islands.

1. Venus Art Gallery

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Located in the elegant Astir of Paros resort in Naoussa, the Venus Art Gallery serves as a home to various contemporary art exhibitions of Greek and International artists. With a desire to preserve and showcase the culture of the Cyclades but also international art pieces, the gallery often organizes exhibitions and cultural events where locals and visitors can get a glimpse of works made by modern artists, including painters and sculptors.

2. Kivo Art Gallery

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Kivo Art Gallery, Skiathos
Courtesy of Kivo Art Gallery
Should you be visiting Skiathos, the centrally located Kivo Art Gallery, part of the Kivo hotel concept, surely won’t disappoint you. With a mission to promote modern artists, whether Greek or not, the gallery, which was formerly known as the OnePiece Art Gallery, has successfully established itself as a reference in terms of art, and strives to get younger artists’ work known as well. As such, group and solo exhibitions are held every summer. Who says art was limited to cities?

3. Rarity Gallery

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Rarity Gallery is set in a former Mykonian manor house
© williewonker/Flickr
As the first art gallery on the island to showcase internationally recognized artists, Rarity Gallery is somewhat of a historical site as well as a cultural one. Open for nearly two decades, it strives to offer the best of contemporary art and focuses on promoting established artists, as well as up-and-coming talent, whether in the field of painting, photography or sculpture. With a minimum of half a dozen of solo exhibitions a year, Rarity is definitely a pioneer and a leader in the world of art galleries in the Greek islands.

4. Art Space

Winery

Dimitris Talianis exhibition
© Courtesy of Art Space
Leave it to Santorini to give us an art gallery in a unique setting. Meet Art Space in Exo Gonia. Opened in 1999, the art center is set in carved chambers of pumice rock, part of an old winery. The stunning gallery hosts several artworks by Greek and international artists, mainly in the fields of painting and sculpture. Found something you love? You can buy your favorite art piece or simply select a wine crafted at the winery. But why not have both?

5. Municipal Art Gallery

Art Gallery, School

Housed in the stunning Palace of Saint Michael and Saint George, the Municipal Gallery of Corfu has a vast collection of works of 19th century Corfiot artists, including Haralambos Pachis, founder of the Artist’s School of Corfu, Prossalendis and Dasmaskina, among others. The gallery features very interesting carvings, as well as Byzantine works dating from the 15th century.

6. Vourkariani Art Gallery, Kea

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The Vourkariani Art Gallery is based in the beautiful bay of Vourkari, in Tzia/Kea. The gallery has been shaping the island’s artistic DNA, and have been introducing and inviting national and international artists to color the summer with their work.

7. Municipal Art Gallery of Chania

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Displayed art
Courtesy of the Municipal Art Gallery of Chania
Active in the fields of culture and fine arts, the Municipal Art Gallery of Chania has for mission to protect and preserve culture and art, and to establish an environment where art, science and speech can co-exist. As such, the gallery presents a wide collection of artworks acquired over the years by the city, although many cannot be exposed for restoration purposes.

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