A host of contemporary art galleries descend on Athens for the four-day festival
Art Athina returns for 2018, bringing together some of the most influential local and international contemporary art galleries.
Described as the "leading contemporary art fair in Greece", the central section of the exhibition spreads in the two main spaces of the Athens Conservatoire, where local and international galleries present their booths.
Artistic director Stamatia Dimitrakopoulos has invited a number of young international galleries from London, Porto, Athens, Paris, Antwerp, Los Angeles, Cologne and New York.
This year's Feauture section is curated by Artemis Baltoyanni, and is named Pseudomorphs – based on the minerals formed by chemical or structural change of another substance, though retaining their original external shape.
"Pseydomorphs brings together artists exploring layered and ambiguous subject matter including formal investigations, identity politics and issues of displacement, so present in Greece at the moment," said the curator.
The design project of Art Athina will be taken over by Antiqua gallery, which will be presenting historical design furniture, lighting and decorations from masters of design of the post war period, together with works by Greek modernist artists. The New York based design studio Objects of Common Interest, present an installation designed specially for Art Athina, in the entrance of the fair.
A talks programme runs alongside the fair, this year curated by Katerina Nikou – an independent curator and curatorial assistant of Public Programs in documenta 14.
The guest participants in Talks come from different cultural backgrounds in the field of contemporary culture and question issues related to curating, collecting and targeting audiences through their own practice.
The first edition of Art Athina took place in 1993, when it was simply titled 'A contemporary art meeting' and featured just 18 galleries.
This year's fair takes place from 21 to 24 June