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Frissiras Museum

Nude by Thanassis Makris

Nude by Thanassis Makris

This small art gallery in Plaka, Athens is a museum for Contemporary European Painting. I saw Thanassis Makris’s temporary exhibition. I liked his ‘Nude’ painting, above – the smoothness of the hair and back, the large, soft pink feet.

The museum has an entry fee.

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The Municipal Gallery of Athens is a small gallery that houses around 50 paintings, mostly by 20th century Greek artists. The collection rotates every few months, since there are over 3000 works of art in total.  The exhibition was free. The gallery’s security guard said that on average, the gallery receives 6-7 visitors a day, which is sad because there were some really great pieces. The nearest metro station is Metaxourgeio.

Cactus, below (interesting subject choice).

Cactus by Georgios Prokopiou (1876-1940)

This painting, below, was my favourite – it was colourful and large.

The Painter’s Studio, 1990 by Ifigenia Lagana (1915-2002)

A lovely watercolour, below.

Channel in Dieppe, 1930 by Georgios Bouzianis (1885-1959)

Do you make a habit of exploring local art galleries/museums when you are on holiday, or even in your home country? 

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Technopolis at night

Technopolis is a major cultural venue in Gazi, Athens. It used to be the city’s gasworks from 1857 until 1984. In 1999 the complex (it is a collection of buildings) was converted to a cultural centre, hosting exhibitions and events. Many of the original features of the gasworks factory remain, so that the experience is a strange mix of art and industry. It is almost as if the places is a ‘factory for protecting and generating art‘. As a consequence when you visit you not only admire the art on the walls of the factory buildings, but also the buildings and interiors in their own right. Of course, you could argue that the National Gallery in London, or the Guggenheim in New York are both beautiful buildings with lovely interiors, but it is nice to see something different, something that wasn’t ‘made for purpose’ and instead has been converted to something quite different from its original use.

The complex is enclosed, so as you walk from building to building, it seems as if you are within a gated community of art. The exhibition that I saw was the Athens Photo Festival, and it was 5 euros entry (3 euros for students).

How to get there:

The easiest way to get there is to take the metro – get off at Kerameikos (on the blue line). Technopolis is relatively close to Monastiraki and the ancient sites, so I’d recommend it to tourists visiting Athens. Do check out what’s on first on their website – that said though the website is in Greek ! Ah well, that is the advantage of art – you can look at the pictures instead… Hopefully they’ll get around to translating it soon. Here are some more tripadvisor reviews.

Athens Photo Festival 2012

Personally, I prefer ‘proper art’ (paintings, drawing etc) to photography. However, I did enjoy this exhibition. There were different themes, such as ‘Greek Reality’ (very topical, and one would naturally expect it to be there. There were lots of photos of demonstrators and riots), the developing world (a generalisation, I know. I find it interesting to have some insight into a world that is so different from the West; I saw Portraits of Violence: Gangs of Port Moresby (capital of Papua New Guinea, which apparently has a 60% unemployment rate and high levels of poverty)), and animals. Some of my favourite are shown below:

Monika Merva – ‘Irma’s Peaches’

Namsa Leuba – Here is some more of her work

Karin Apollonia Muller – Morning Run

Giacomo Brunelli – more of his photographs of animals can be found here

I really enjoyed Jan Banning’s photos. His exhibition was called Bureaucratics, and is really interesting. Banning took photos of bureaucrats in different countries.

I also liked Carlo Gianferro’s work. His exhibition was called Roma Interiors. It documented the private world of affluent Roma families.

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