PCAI is happy to announce its participation in Art Athina 2020 with George Drivas and Vassilis P. Karouk works from the PCAI Collection.
Art Athina 2020 launches its digital programming through the platform Αrt Athina Virtual on 15th October 2020 and promises a uniquely different experience to the art-loving audience. Art Athina Virtual is under the patronage of H.E. The President of the Hellenic Republic Ms Katerina Sakellaropoulou.
During the digital premiere of the International Art Fair of Athens, one of Europe's oldest art fairs, the visitors will be able to navigate the art fair through their computers, tablets or smartphones and meet the artists and their artworks without time limitations, since Art Athina Virtual will be accessible 24 hours every day -with different day and night mode- 7 days per week; the virtual fair gets extended until November 8, 2020.
Art Athina Virtual features the parallel programming that has always been surrounding Art Athina and has established its own audience, with sections such as Talks, Performances, Video and independent art spaces under the title Projects.
The transfer of the largest annual art institution in Greece to a digital environment due to the unprecedented conditions that emerged with the advent of the coronavirus epidemic and forced the cancellation of Art Athina 2020 at Zappeion Megaron as originally planned, will not limit the public's contact with visual creation exclusively in the digital world.
Art Athina Virtual organizes Art Athina Week that will last from October 13 to November 8, during which the Athenian galleries will be able to exhibit in their natural spaces the works that will be presented in the viewing rooms. As every year, the organization of the event belongs to the Hellenic Art Galleries Association and to the Art Athina team with Artistic Director Stamatia Dimitrakopoulos.The implementation of the platform is carried out with the support of the Ministry of Culture.
Artistic Programming Art Athina Virtual
The art galleries will present their digital booths through an easy-to-use platform, which will allow them to communicate the works of their artists with the public, locally and internationally. The platform will also support video art, audio installations and digital artworks.
Independent art spaces from Greece and the United States are invited to present their online projects exclusively for Art Athina Virtual. The participating spaces are: Aetopoulos, Andreas Melas, Arch,The Intermission, Radio Athènes, Serapis, and Vernon Gardens.
The Talks program of Art Athina Virtual have their own platform connected to the main website, offering the possibility of reproduction in all the communication channels of the exhibition. The program, curated by art critic and curator Marina Fokidis, will be based on subjects focusing on artists, collectors, galleries and institutions. The discussions will include reflections on contemporary art in the context of the new reality. The Talks section will also present the Educational Program implemented for the third year by the Hellenic Association of Art Galleries and The J. F. Costopoulos Foundation in the context of Art Athina. The program, designed by the artistic director of Art Athina, Stamatia Dimitrakopoulos, is addressed to students of the School of Fine Arts, and aims to inform, inspire and prepare them for their introduction to the art world.
The Performance program of Art Athina is curated by Marina Fokidis under the title "Signs of proximity" is "Signs of proximity". The program aspires to present new productions along with historical performances. A total of 24 artists from Greece and abroad – including Lida Papakonstantinou, Thalia Chioti, Panos Charalambous, Nikos Tranos, Nikos Navridis, Mary Zygouri, Angelos Skourtis, George Sapountzis, Georgia Sagri, Liliane Lijn, Jannis Varelas, Vassilis Karouk covers a time range of 21 years.
In the digital realm, the Video program returns to its roots. It includes videos of artists such as Marina Abramovic and Ulay, Menelaos Karamaghiolis, Loukia Alavanou, Lito Kattou and George Drivas – selected in collaboration with organizations and collections such as Daata, DESTE Foundation, D.Daskalopoulos Collection, Polyeco Contemporary Art Initiative, along with independent artists and project spaces, such as Enterprise projects. The Video program is curated by Art Athina Artistic Director, Stamatia Dimitrakopoulos.