art athina – Athens’ contemporary art fair, already in its twelfth edition, is showcasing a wide range of trends in contemporary art, as it involves participation of 43 galleries from Greece, Cyprus, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy and the USA.

This year’s fair opens a new cycle of artistic endeavors, presenting the exhibition C A, Artists from California in Greek Collections, featuring works by artists that live and work in California and belong to the private collections of I. Christoforakos, H. David. D. Gigourtakis, D. Joannou, G. Papadimitriou, K. Papageorgiou, D. Passas and Z. Portalakis. The exhibition, curated by the independent art critic, Max Henry, shows a time flow of contemporary art from1960’s up to 2005, where the analog generation meets the digital in a dialogue that resonates with recent and current history with the participation of John Baldessari, Sam Durant, Evan Holloway, Jim Iserman, Richard Jackson, Mike Kelley, Martin Kersels, Daniel Martinez, Paul McCarthy, Jason Meadows, JP Munro, Jorge Pardo, David Reed, Jim Shaw, Catherine Sullivan, Thaddeus Strode, Kara Walker.

art athina will be presenting yet one more event , namely the LOUD & CLEAR project, an interactive video art project with the participation of nine well known artists – John M. Armleder, Victor Rolf, Marlene Dumas, Yayoi Kusama, Pipilosti Rist, Pierre Bismuth, Aernout Mik, Gillian Wearing -, as well as nine music composers, – Hans van Manen, Toek Numan, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Haukur Tòmasson, Caroline Berkrnbosch, Theo Loevendie, Gundi Franzson, Yello -, while the semiotic involvement of equivalent advertising designer executives – Fastland / Ground, David Droga / Saatchi & Saatchi, Erik Kessels / KesselsKramer, Oliver Voss / Jung von Matt, *S.C.P.F., Strawberry Frog, Jon Matthews & Nirit Peled / Wieden & Kennedy, NEW, Tyler Whisnand / KesselsKramer -, create the project’s multidimensional character. LOUD & CLEAR is produced by Bifrons Foundation, Amsterdam, in collaboration with the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (UK).

This year, a new collaboration is being inaugurated with BOMBAY SAPPHIRE by BACARDI HELLAS, which becomes the fair’s main sponsor. This co-operation is aiming to establish a new program for the endowment of an art work, from the ones exhibited in art athina, to the National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST), as a channel of communication between art, state institutions and the private initiative. In the same context, Greek collectors will also be sponsoring the acquisition of another art work for the same purposes.

D44 is a new project within the framework of art athina, that extends an open discussion with the fair’s visitors and through a questionnaire will form a pilot program of public participation data, as it might occur in alternative contexts or adopted methods of criticism.

art athina is to be materialized from May 21 – May 24, 2005, at the premises of the HELEXPO Exhibition Centre, while the preview is scheduled for May 20th.

HELEXPO Exhibition Centre
39 Kifissias Av, Maroussi

The exhibition will be open to the public from Saturday 21st May to Tuesday 24th May 2005

Opening hours: Saturday & Sunday 12:00 – 21:00 Monday & Tuesday 15:00 – 21:00

http://www.artathina.gr

Main Sponsor:
BOMBAY SAPPHIRE

Sponsor :
ALPHA BANK

Supported by: Hellenic Ministry of Culture
Under the auspices of the Cultural Organization of the City of Athens
Kindly Supported by: HELEXPO

With the support of: John Deloudis, S.A. , I. Boutaris & Sons Winery S.A. ,
Mythos Brewery S.A. , Lioyd’s – G. Karavias & Associates

Communication Sponsors: ERT – Hellenic Radio & Tellevision
Nafteboriki Daily – Art & Life
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