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Art Athina successfully launched its restart in May 2007.

This year, the fair makes a dynamic comeback, after having received warm feedback from international and local galleries. The fair will collaborate once more with Greek and international art professionals, among them Marina Fokidis, Bettina Busse, Sarah Belden, Isabella Bortolozzi, in order to deliver a rich, stimulating programme of projects and events that balance a commercial and curatorial approach.

Basic Plan The main fair section includes participations from Greek and international galleries: (Athens, GR), AD Gallery (Athens, GR), Agathi (Athens, GR), Astrolavos Art Galleries (Athens, GR), Athens Art Space (Athens, GR), Batagianni Gallery (Athens, GR), C. Grimaldis Gallery (Baltimore, USA), Centre of Contemporary Art Diatopos (Nicosia, Cyprus), Cheapart (Athens, GR), Christian Nagel Gallery (Cologne/Berlin, Germany), Dollinger Art Project (Tel Aviv, Israel), Ekfrasi - Gianna Grammatopoulou (Athens, GR), Eleni Koroneou Gallery (Athens, GR), Federico Bianchi Contemporary art (Gorgonzola (MI), Italy), Francoise Heitsch (Munich, Germany), Frissiras Art Gallery (Athens, GR), Groeflin Maag Galerie (Zurich, CH), Habres & Partner Gallery (Vienna, Austria), Heinz Martin Weigand (Ettlingen, Germany), Kalfayan Galleries (Athens/Thessaloniki, GR), Loraini Alimantiri/gazonrouge (Athens, GR), Marcdepuechredon (Basel, CH), Mot International (London, UK), Medousa Art Gallery (Athens, GR), Mirko Mayer (Cologne, Germany), Mirta Demare (Rotterdam, The Netherlands) , Monitor (Rome, Italy), Nice & Fit (Berlin, Germany), Peres Projects (Berlin, Germany), Perugi Artecontemporanea (Padova, Italy), Potnia Thiron (Athens, GR), QBox (Athens, GR), Reinhard Hauff (Stuttgart, Germany), Rodeo (Istanbul, Turkey), The Apartment (Athens, GR), The Breeder (Athens, GR), Tint Gallery (Thessaloniki, GR), Titanium Yiayiannos Gallery (Athens, GR), Tsatsis Projects (Thessaloniki, GR), Vamiali’s (Athens, GR), Wohnmaschine (Berlin, Germany), Xippas Gallery (Athens, GR), Zina Athanassiadou Gallery (Thessaloniki, GR)

‘1+9’ In this invitational section within Basic Plan Isabella Bortolozzi (Isabella Bortolozzi Gallery, Berlin) invites cutting edge international galleries.

Open Plan Art Athina’s curatorial section, introduced in 2007, is brought back this year with a stronger exhibitional feel. Curator Bettina Busse (Berlin) invites interesting international art galleries to exhibit sculptures and installations, stretching the limits of the traditional art fair, offering new opportunities to buyers.

Focus: New York-Berlin - “First we take Manhattan then we take Berlin” This year’s special tribute will focus on emerging, cutting-edge galleries from New York and Berlin, invited by Sarah Belden (Curators without Borders gallery, Berlin).

Parallel Plan The fair’s parallel programme provides a platform for a number of curated projects and events, onsite at Helexpo and offsite in venues around the city, including exhibitions, performances, talks and encounters.

This year’s Garage Project is curated by Marina Fokidis who will focus on local artistic production.

Marina Fokidis will also curate the project “Interventions”, with artistic projects especially created for various spaces around the fair venue.

The Art Athina Art Talks will feature discussions between art professionals on various subjects, such as narcissism, ownership, consumption and criticism. Among the participating speakers are Catherine David and Christian Viveros-Faune.

The offsite exhibitions include: The exhibition “Five Seasons of the Russian Avant-Garde. Works from the Costakis Collection”, organized by the Museum of Cycladic Art, in collaboration with the State Museum of Contemporary Art and coordinated by | creative arts management. This is the first time that part of the Costakis Collection is presented in Athens, after its acquisition by the State Museum of Contemporary Art.

The exhibition “Lion under the rainbow. Art from Tehran”, curated by Alexandros Georgiou, will present works by 19 artists based in Tehran. The exhibition is a production of D-ART – Non-Profit Organisation.

Finally the exhibition “Elements of Light”, curated by Boris Manner, represents Art Athina’s close collaboration with Stella Art Foundation, that is establishing the first Contemporary Art Museum in Moscow. The exhibition is a co-production of Stella Art Foundation and the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, organized in Greece by the Hellenic American University and coordinated by | creative arts management.

Art Athina 2008

Under the auspices and with the support of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture With the support of the Cultural Organisation of the Municipality of Athens Organizing institution: Hellenic Art Galleries Association

General Director: Michalis Argyrou (Sambo Events) Artistic Director: Christos Savvidis ( Production Manager: Manolis Sardis (Pro4)

General Direktor: Michalis Argyrou
Künstler. Direktor: Christos Savvidis

Kuratoren: Sarah Belden, Isabella Bortolozzi, Bettina M. Busse, Marina Fokidis, Alexandros Georgiou, Boris Manner ...
Künstler: Megan McMillan & Murray McMillan ...