Courtesy: Hot Wheels Project

There’s so much more to the Athens art world than ancient statues and archaeological museums. The city’s contemporary art scene is gaining international attention and acclaim.

By Kiriakos Spirou

Courtesy: Atopos CVC

Atopos CVC

The Asklipiou Cluster

Somewhere around the intersection of Asklipiou and Kallidromiou streets, three new art spaces have unintentionally grouped together. A-DASH (open during events or by appointment) is an artist-run residency founded by an Icelander, a Swiss, a Brit and a Greek that also hosts talks, performances and exhibitions by young artists. Just across the street, theatre director Vassilis Noulas and visual artist Kostas Tzimoulis (a.k.a VASKOS) have turned a small apartment into a project space named simply Asklipiou 99 (open during events or by appointment) where they present work by local artists, as well as staging their own performances. Half a block down the street, a corner shop has been transformed into an alternative gallery and residency by Phoenix Athens. The programme focuses mainly on graphic artists, illustrators, and conceptual art. 
 

Courtesy: Booze Cooperativa

Booze Cooperativa

CHEAPART

Courtesy: Cheapart

Courtesy: Panagiotis Voulgaris

FokiaNou Art Space

Hot Wheels Projects

This young, British-run gallery has found its home inside an ornate neoclassical building overlooking the Athens Polytechnic. Open Wednesdays to Saturdays and by appointment, it’s a great place to discover new and exciting artists from Greece and abroad, as well as independent art publications for your bookshelf. Opening nights are rumoured to turn into parties. 

Photo: Thomas Gravanis

The Kaïri Cluster

State of Concept

Courtesy: State of Concept

Courtesy: Stoa 42

Stoa 42

Victoria Square Project

Courtesy: Victoria Square Project