Art Athina returns with a dual presentation, through the online platform Αrt Athina Virtual, just like last year, as well as the group exhibition Art Athina Pop Up, an extension of Art Athina Virtual, which will reconnect the artistic audience with artists and galleries, acting as an initial step towards normality in the post-coronavirus era. Art Athina Virtual is organized under the patronage of H. E. The President of the Hellenic Republic, Mrs Katerina Sakellaropoulou.
Art Athina opens its digital doors on Monday 1st November 2021, through the newly designed platform Αrt Athina Virtual (www.aavirtual.gr), where viewers will have the opportunity to “visit”, without any cost, 58 galleries and project spaces, and meet artists and their artworks without any time constraints, as the platform will be accessible 24 hours a day, seven days of the week, until the end of November.
The group exhibition Art Athina Pop Up will be hosted at the ground floor of King George Hotel, located at Syntagma Square, from the 12th until the 21st of November. Art Athina Pop Up, curated by Art Athina artistic director, Stamatia Dimitrakopoulou, will present one artwork submitted by each of the galleries and project spaces participating in Art Athina Virtual. The exhibition will have free admission and will follow all the designated health measures to guarantee the health of the audience. Each artwork in Art Athina Pop Up will be accompanied by a QR code, which visitors will be able to scan and automatically connect to the artwork shown in the gallery’s digital booth. The design of the exhibition has been undertaken by the architectural office Objects of Common Interest based in New York and Athens.
Art Athina Virtual 2021 will be accompanied, as always, by a parallel artistic program, which has gained over the years a stable and enthusiastic audience. This year, the Live Talks & Art Athina Podcast category will take place live at the foyer of Theatre Pallas, under the direction of Katerina Zacharopoulou. The program will also include the annual talk of the Educational Program of the Hellenic Art Galleries Association and The J.F. Costopoulos Foundation in collaboration with Athens School of Fine Arts, under the direction of Daphne Politi, Head of the Educational Program 2020/2021. This year’s performance program is curated by art historian and curator Kostas Stasinopoulos, while the Video / New Media Space category returns as an expanded version, showing digital works through the Art Athina Virtual platform, as well as AR works in the streets of Athens.
New Media Space
In collaboration with DESTE Foundation, Polyeco Contemporary Art Initiative and the British digital platform Daata, the section New Media Space will present videos, NFTs, as well as eight AR artworks commissioned by Daata, visible through the Daata App, through which users will be able to scan QR codes in different parts of Athens’ center. All the artworks within the category New Media Space are productions of the past year.
Artists participating include: Αaajiao, Bianca Kennedy & The Swan Collective, Elliot Dodd, Eva Papamargariti, Florian Meisenberg, Hypercomf, Jeremy Couillard, Keiken, Kosmas Nikolaou, Kiriaki Goni, Pat Flynn, Tuomas A. Laitinen, Urs Fisher
Art Athina Virtual and Art Athina Pop Up is organized by the Hellenic Art Galleries Association and the team of Art Athina under the artistic direction of Stamatia Dimitrakopoulos.
The visual identity of Art Athina Virtual is designed G Design Studio.
The programming and development of the website is undertaken by QuadraWeb.
Art Athina Virtual is supported by the Hellenic Republic Ministry of Culture and Sports.