PCAI organised the annual Ordinary General Assembly of the International Association of Corporate Collections of Contemporary Art (IACCCA) in Athens and Delphi. From 6 to 8 November 2023, PCAI welcomed for the second time in Greece, after 2019, directors and curators of some of the most important corporate collections of contemporary art in the world, such as the European Investment Bank, the National Bank of Belgium, the Pictet Bank, the Julius Baer Bank, the Austrian Energy Company EVN, etc. Such events have taken place in various cities in the past including Zurich, Berlin, Vienna, and so on.
The programme included discussions, presentations, keynotes on the environment and contemporary art, visits to Athens and Delphi, to important museums and landmarks such as the National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST), the former Pikionis pavilion, now “pi” in Delphi, the Archeological Museum of Delphi, the National Gallery, as well as tours to corporate collections of art, such as the current exhibition of the National Bank of Greece at the B. & M. Theocharakis Foundation. A landmark of the programme was the visit to the recent monuments located at The Ellinikon, such as the three Air Force hangars and the iconic Saarinen building at the former Athens International Airport. PCAI presented artworks from its collection, a preview of the video art programme I’d rather be a Cyborg than a Goddess, curated by Kika Kyriakakou. The exhibition will be hosted at The Ellinikon Experience Centre, one of the largest and most technologically advanced visitor centres in the world, with free public access.
Athanasios Polychronopoulos, Polygreen CEO and PCAI founder states: “As the first Greek collection to participate in IACCCA, we have been partnering with the Association since 2018 for the fruitful coupling of business and contemporary art.”
Kika Kyriakakou, PCAI Artistic Director and IACCCA CSR Task Group Leader, notes: “It is a great pleasure to welcome for the second time in Greece the directors of the IACCCA in a programme dedicated to contemporary art collections, their social and cultural footprint and environmental protection”.
PCAI, being the first Greek organisation to be included in IACCCA, welcomed for the first time representatives of the most important international collections of contemporary art, in a respective event in 2019, at the organisation’s headquarters. IACCCA is an international association that brings together the world’s largest corporate collections of contemporary art, including those of Deutsche Bank, Gazprom Bank, Fidelity Investments, HSBC and others. In addition to meetings, IACCCA also hosts symposia around contemporary art open to artists, curators, artists and the general public.
More about the IACCCA
The International Association of Corporate Collections of Contemporary Art, or IACCCA, launched in 2007, is a non-profit organisation made up of over 50 corporate collections from across the globe. It is a unique international network of curators who represent the best corporate collections of contemporary art all the world. IACCCA and its members, reflect on the specific challenges and responsibilities of managing corporate art collections in the world of today and prepare for that of tomorrow. Together, they set management and organisation standards for corporate collections by establishing guidelines for professional practice and targets for collections. The association’s mission is to acknowledge the importance of companies’ commitment to art and increase awareness of the artistic and patrimonial value of each member’s collection. By engaging stakeholders in an educational dialogue, It seeks to enhance the importance of contemporary art in both our corporations and in broader society.
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Activity aligned with Goals 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15