Art Athina 2019, the biggest annual cultural event of Greece, returned this year in a brand-new venue in the heart of Athens. Taking place between Saturday 14th to Monday 16th of September at Zappeion Mansion, this year’s Art Athina presented 32 exhibitors from Greece and 4 international ones. Art Athina 2019 was organised under the auspices of the H. E. The President of the Hellenic Republic, Mister Prokopios Pavlopoulos, who inaugurated the fair on Friday, 13th September.
This year’s international contemporary art fair offered a wide variety of exhibitors, performances and happenings, and managed to attract an enormous number of visitors. In the same time, one of the Greek exhibitors, Mihalarias Art Gallery, presented a selection of works by the internationally acknowledged artist Takis, who passed away on August 9.
Zappeion Mansion is strongly associated with Culture, Sports and recent Greek History and it constitutes the first building to be erected for the purposes of the modern Olympic Games, while it is also considered a milestone of Greek Neoclassical architecture. Art Athina’s move to the centre of Athens certainly made a major difference in people’s accessibility, compared to older annual events in Palaio Faliro. At the same time, the 48th Book Festival was taking place next to the Zappeion Mansion and added several positive points to the overall impression of the event.
As far as the art is concerned, I loved some of the exhibits. Truth to be told, there were several interesting works of art you would stop and look closer, though as an overall impression I think that this year’s art fair was more about pleasing the eye, than provoking discussion and strong emotions.
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