May 15, 2008 - Art Athina - International Art Fair
May 15, 2008

International Art Fair

23 – 25 MAY 2008



Art Athina successfully launched its restart in May 2007.
This year, the fair makes a dynamic comeback, after having received warm feedback from international and local galleries. The fair will collaborate once more with Greek and international art professionals, among them Marina Fokidis, Bettina Busse, Sarah Belden, Isabella Bortolozzi, in order to deliver a rich, stimulating programme of projects and events that balance a commercial and curatorial approach.

Basic Plan
The main fair section includes participations from Greek and international galleries: (Athens, GR), AD Gallery (Athens, GR), Agathi (Athens, GR), Astrolavos Art Galleries (Athens, GR), Batagianni Gallery (Athens, GR), Blow de la Barra (London, UK), C. Grimaldis Gallery (Baltimore, USA), Centre of Contemporary Art Diatopos (Nicosia, Cyprus), Cheapart (Athens, GR), Christian Nagel Gallery (Cologne/Berlin, Germany), Dollinger Art Project (Tel Aviv, Israel), Ekfrasi – Gianna Grammatopoulou (Athens, GR), Eleni Koroneou Gallery (Athens, GR), Federico Bianchi Contemporary art (Gorgonzola (MI), Italy), Francoise Heitsch (Munich, Germany), Frissiras Art Gallery (Athens, GR), Groeflin Maag Galerie (Zurich, CH), Habres & Partner Gallery (Vienna, Austria), Heinz Martin Weigand (Ettlingen, Germany), Kalfayan Galleries (Athens/Thessaloniki, GR), Loraini Alimantiri/gazonrouge (Athens, GR), Marcdepuechredon (Basel, CH), Mot International (London, UK), Medousa Art Gallery (Athens, GR), Mirko Mayer (Cologne, Germany), Mirta Demare (Rotterdam, The Netherlands), Monitor (Rome, Italy), Nice & Fit (Berlin, Germany), Peres Projects (Berlin, Germany), Perugi Artecontemporanea (Padova, Italy), Potnia Thiron (Athens, GR), QBox (Athens, GR), Reinhard Hauff (Stuttgart, Germany), Rodeo (Istanbul, Turkey), Selini Gallery (Athens, GR), The Apartment (Athens, GR), The Breeder (Athens, GR), Tint Gallery (Thessaloniki, GR), Titanium Yiayiannos Gallery (Athens, GR), Tsatsis Projects (Thessaloniki, GR), Vamiali’s (Athens, GR), Xippas Gallery (Athens, GR), Zina Athanassiadou Gallery (Thessaloniki, GR)

In this invitational section within Basic Plan, Isabella Bortolozzi (Isabella Bortolozzi Gallery, Berlin) invites cutting edge international galleries: Ancient & Modern (London, UK), Andreas Huber Gallery (Vienna, AU), Balice – Hertling (Paris, FR), Croy Nielsen (Berlin, DE), Dependance (Brussels, BE), Francesca Pia (Zurich, CH), Isabella Bortolozzi Gallery (Berlin, DE), Micky Schubert (Berlin, DE), Laura Bartlett Gallery (London, UK), Standard (Oslo, N).

Open Plan
Art Athina’s curatorial section, introduced in 2007, is brought back this year with a stronger exhibitional feel. Curator Bettina Busse (Berlin) invites interesting international art galleries to exhibit sculptures and installations, stretching the limits of the traditional art fair, offering new opportunities to buyers. Participating galleries are: (Athens, GR), AD Gallery (Athens, GR), Galerie Antje Wachs GmbH & Co Kg (Berlin, Germany), Charim (Vienna, Austria), Hubert Winter (Vienna, Austria), Ekfrasi-Gianna Grammatopoulou (Athens, GR), Eleni Koroneou Gallery (Athens, GR), Kalfayan Galleries (Athens/Thessaloniki, GR), Krinzinger Gallery (Vienna, Austria), Krinzinger Projekte (Vienna, Austria), Loraini Alimantiri/gazonrouge (Athens, GR), Medousa Art Gallery (Athens, GR), Galerie Mirko Mayer (Cologne, Germany), Nice & Fit (Berlin, Germany), Potnia Thiron (Athens, GR), QBOX (Athens, GR), Rodeo (Istanbul, Turkey), Sassa Truelzsch (Berlin, Germany), The Apartment (Athens, GR), Zoumboulakis Gallery (Athens, GR).

Focus: Berlin
This year’s special tribute will focus on emerging, cutting-edge galleries from Berlin, invited by Sarah Belden (Curators without Borders gallery, Berlin).

Participating galleries: Galerie Air Garten, Curators Without Borders, Gillian Morris, Pitrowski, Stedenfreunde, Tristesse Delux, Upstairs Berlin & Daneyal Mahmood.

Parallel Plan
The fair’s parallel programme provides a platform for curated projects and events, onsite at Helexpo and offsite in venues around the city, including exhibitions, performances, talks and encounters.

This year’s Garage Project, under the title “Athensville” is curated by Marina Fokidis, who will focus on local artistic production.

The Art Athina Art Talks will feature discussions between art professionals on various subjects, such as narcissism, ownership, consumption and criticism. Among the participating speakers are Catherine David, Christian Viveros-Faune, Roger Buergel, Ruth Noack, November Paynter, and Bonnie Marranca.

The offsite exhibitions include:
The exhibition “Five Seasons of the Russian Avant-Garde. Works from the Costakis Collection”, organized by the Museum of Cycladic Art, in collaboration with the State Museum of Contemporary Art and coordinated by | creative arts management. This is the first time that part of the Costakis Collection is presented in Athens, after its acquisition by the State Museum of Contemporary Art.

The exhibition “Lion under the rainbow. Contemporary Art from Tehran”, curated by Alexandros Georgiou, will present works by 19 artists based in Tehran. The exhibition is a production of D-ART – Non-Profit Organisation.

The exhibition “Elements of Light”, curated by Boris Manner, represents Art Athina’s close collaboration with Stella Art Foundation, that is establishing the first Contemporary Art Museum in Moscow. The exhibition is a co-production of Stella Art Foundation and the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, organized in Greece by the Hellenic American University and coordinated by | creative arts management.

Finally, the exhibition “Looking forward to hearing from you..”, curated by Andre Michael, presents contemporary artists from Cyprus, organized by the G. Gounaropoulos Museum, the Ministry of Culture
of Cyprus.

Art Athina 2008

With the support of the Cultural Organisation of the Municipality of Athens
Organizing institution: Hellenic Art Galleries Association

General Director: Michalis Argyrou
Artistic Director: Christos Savvidis ( )

Press office: Alexia Korleti ( )

T. +30 210 756 7723
F. +30 210 752 6995

Fair opening hours:
Friday 23/05: 12.00-21.00
Saturday 24/05 & Sunday 25/05: 11.00-21.00

Mailing address: 217 Ymittou Str., Mets, 116 32, Athens, Greece
Venue address (fair dates only): 39 Kifissias Ave., 151 23, Maroussi, Athens, Greece

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