Greece’s largest art fair once again opens its doors to the public at the former Taekwondo indoor stadium in Athens on May 26-29, with a rich and varied program of parallel art events in addition to the gallery pavilions.
Aside from the artwork put on sale by 49 galleries from 13 countries, visitors will also have a chance to view the collection of the Municipal Art Gallery of Athens, a tribute to the historic “Kochlias Gallery” in the city of Thessaloniki, the Platform Projects@ArtAthina installation, a tribute to the work of the noted late sculptor George Lappas, the “Cut the Fence” art initiative Swiss artists Copa & Sordes and the art space BBLACKBOXX in Basle, the “Time Matters” exhibition featuring prisoner art and other activities.
The “Cut the Fence” initiative, in particular, will invite participants to cut 20 meters of a 657-meter fabric “fence” printed on African damask — a copy of the actual fence surrounding a camp and deportation center situated near BBLACKBOXX in Basle — as a symbolic “destruction” of fences built to prevent refugees from entering other countries. The sections of the fence will be cut in exchange for a donation that will be given to the aid organization “Medecins du Monde Greece.”
Art-Athina 2016 is the 21st edition of the art fair launched by the Hellenic Art Galleries Association in 1993, making it one of the longest lasting contemporary art fairs in Europe and the largest annual visual arts event in Greece. Last year the art fair received 39,000 visitors, while this year the organizers aim to increase this to 42,000. The full program is available at the website artathina.gr
Source: ANA MPA