The Greek art scene seems to be prolific with vibrant contemporary cutting edge events. Among them in May Art-Athina and the Thessaloniki Biennale.
Art Athina - 21-24 May 2009 in Faliro Bay, in Athens, Greece.This is the 15th edition of the fair and the first under the direction of Alexandros J. Stanas and 56 international galleries, mainly Greek, will be participating.
Paolo Colombo is curating a parallel exhibition entitled "In Praise of Shadows" at the Benaki Museum. The exhibition explores the parallels between the traditions of shadow theatre and the new narrative spirit in contemporary art bringing together works and films by Haluk Akakce (Turkey), Nathalie Djurberg (Sweden), William Kentridge (South Africa) among others.
The second collateral event is a photography exhibition, which was presented for the first time in 2008 at the Théâtre de la Photographie et de l’Image in Nice, in France. It is curated by Vangelis Ioakimidis (Director of the Thessaloniki Museum of Photography) and Jean-Pierre Giusto (ex-Director of the Théâtre de la Photographie et de l’Image) and includes 100 works from 10 young Greek photographers.
2nd THESSALONIKI BIENNALE OF CONTEMPORARY ART, "Praxis: Art in Times of Uncertainty"
May 24 – September 27, 2009
12 exhibitions and activities / more than 150 artists / 39 countries / 12 entities from this city/ 28 venues
"Praxis: Art in Times of Uncertainty" is this year's theme of the Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, which runs from May 24 to September 27, 2009. The Biennale is organized by the State Museum of Contemporary Art with the support of the Greek Ministry of Culture, and is co-curated by Bisi Silva (Nigeria), Director of the The Centre of Contemporary Art in Lagos; Gabriela Salgado (Argentina), Curator of Public Programmes in Tate Modern and Independent Curator; and Syrago Tsiara, Director of the Thessaloniki Center for Contemporary Art.
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