July 14, 2006 - National Museum of Contemporary Art of Athens (EMST) - The Grand Promenade
July 14, 2006

The Grand Promenade

The Grand Promenade
Duration of exhibition: 17 / 07-29 /09 / 2006

Curated by: Anna Kafetsi, Director

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In the framework of the events that will take place prior to the inauguration of the new building of the National Museum of Contemporary Art of Athens, the reconstruction of which is expected to be completed in 2008, we organize a large scale international exhibition under the title The Grand Promenade.

The idea of the exhibition was born from the close proximity of EMST to the archaeological sites and monuments of Athens that offers us a possibility of various transcultural communication networks between antiquity and contemporary international art.

The title of the exhibition refers to the “Grand Promenade”, a huge urban intervention around the Acropolis that creates an open museum, perhaps the largest one worldwide, unifying the rich cultural heritage with the capitals daily life and multicultural reality.

As experience and metaphor the Grand Promenade allows unexpected encounters and ties, stories within History, new relationships between the local and the universal, and an open conceptual narrative incorporating the Elsewhere and the Others.

44 artists from around the world will be participating with recent works or in situ commissions of the Museum, which will be presented in outdoor archaeological spaces, monuments and adjacent public and private buildings.
Participating artists: Pawel Althamer, Ghada Amer, Andreas Angelidakis, Janine Antoni, Kutlug Ataman, Per Barclay, Vlassis Caniaris, Michael Blum, Christian Boltanski, Pavel Buchler, Fouad Elkoury, George Hadjimichalis, Gary Hill, Thomas Hirschhorn, Yu Hong, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Y.Z.Kami, Anish Kapoor, Gülsün Karamustafa, Toba Khedoori, Jannis Kounellis, Wolfgang Laib, Luisa Lambri, Miltos Manetas, Julie Mehretu, Ernesto Neto, Silke Otto-Knapp, Adrian Paci, Susan Philipsz, Dimitris Pikionis, Angelo Plessas, Khalil Rabah, Steve Roden, Ulrich Rückriem, Santiago Sierra, Nedko Solakov, Hans Jurgen Syberberg, Lina Theodorou, Evanthia Tsantila, Kostis Velonis, Amelie von Wulffen, Rachel Whiteread, Zafos Xagoraris, Vana Xenou.
Exhibition Venues:
1. The Grand Promenade (Pedestrian walkways Dionysiou Areopagitou Apostolou Pavlou Ermou)
2. Melina Mercouri Foundation (9-11 Polygnotou street, Plaka)
3. Building of the Graduate Association of Fine Arts Students (19-A Tholou and Panos street, Plaka)
4. Roman Agora
5. Cultural Centre University of Indianapolis, Athens Campus (5 Markou Avriliou -2 Kirristou and Lysiou
street, Plaka)
6. Turkish Baths (8 Kirristou street, Plaka)
7. Building of the Association of Greek Archaeologists (134-136 Ermou street)
8. Technopolis of the Municipality of Athens (100 Peiraios street, Gazi)

The exhibition is realized with the collaboration of the Cultural Organization and Technopolis of the Municipality of Athens and the Unification of the Archaeological Sites of Athens S.A.,

as well as the Museum of Greek Folk Art, the Melina Mercouri Foundation, the Association of Greek Archaeologists, the Graduate Association of Fine Arts Students and the Cultural Centre University of Indianapolis, Athens Campus (building of former Goulandri Horn Foundation)

The entrance in the exhibition is free

Opening Hours:
Tuesday to Sunday: 11.00 19.00
Thursday: 11.00 22.00
Monday: Closed
Communication: National Museum of Contemporary Art
14 Amvr. Frantzi street, Athens
Tel: 30. 210. 9242.111-2
Fax: 30 210. 9245.200
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