The building at 138 Pireos street
The new Benaki Museum building is located at 138 Pireos Street, one of the central development axes of Athens.
The existing building, which is organised around a central courtyard, is already being refurbished, thanks to co-funding by the Ministry of Culture and the European Union.
The new building covers a total area of 8,200 m2 with underground areas of 2,800 m2 and an internal courtyard of 850 m2. The exhibition halls span 3,000 m2. There is an amphitheatre capable of seating 300, as well as areas to house the Museum services.
Gagosian Gallery opens a new selling outpost with the launch of the new Greek gallery at 3 Merlin Street in Athens.
Hellenic Cosmos, FHW's Cultural Centre, was inaugurated in 1998, originally occupying a site of 16,000m2. It was housed in a former industrial building, which albeit maintaining important elements of its original use, it was transformed into an ultra-modern, living museum that aims to be a source of learning and satisfy the needs of the contemporary "society of knowledge".
It is located at 254 Pireos Street, on the former industrial axis joining Athens and Piraeus, where memory meets the city's modern identity. Today Hellenic Cosmos occupies an area of 65,000m2. The area is being continuously reshaped in order to cover the increasing needs of the Cultural Centre. Therefore, Building 7, which was inaugurated in 2004 and is a multifunctional cultural area that has hosted various events, from exhibitions and educational programmes to conferences and seminars, will be replaced by a new building improved both aesthetically and functionally.
In March 2006 the construction of the “Tholos” was completed, a building that houses the most perfect, presently, Virtual Reality system of Hellenic Cosmos with a capacity of 130 people. It is a building of exceptional aesthetic value with unique technological infrastructure, which hosts the Foundation’s digital collections. The “Tholos” resembles a planetarium regarding its natural and morphological characteristics. But essentially their only common element is the semi-spherical shape of the projection surface. The external spherical shape corresponds to a swirling celestial body.
This sensation is created by successive rings that surround its external shell and by the special lighting during the night. The shows are interactive and not static, creating a unique experience of immersion into the virtual world that is characterised by immediate response, originality, flexibility and liveliness.
The BERNIER/ELIADES GALLERY was founded in 1977 in Athens and has since continued working dynamically in the field of contemporary art in Greece.
After completing twenty-one years in its old space in Kolonaki, the commercial center of Athens, from January 1999 the gallery is housed in a Neoclassical building in Thission, the historic center of Athens at the foot of the Acropolis.
During the gallery's function, Jean Bernier and Marina Eliades have introduced to the Greek public numerous artistic currents, such as Arte Povera, Minimalism, Land and Conceptual Art and the younger generation of American and European artists.
ATOPOS (m e a n i n g literally in ancient Greek out of the ordinary, eccentric, unregistered) is an Athens-based, non - profit cultural organisation which aims to bring modern technologies together with fashion, design and contemporary art.
Founded in 2003, it operates as an international, cultural think-tank, as well as an experimental forum for visual culture. ATOPOS works closely with emerging talents and established artists from the arts, fashion and design world. These synergies result into research-based, innovative projects in the form of museum and gallery exhibitions, art installations, performances and publications. Through these research projects and various collaborations, ATOPOS has been forming a unique collection of contemporary fashion items, historical and ethnological costumes, art works and video art works.
CAMP, Contemporary Art Meeting Point. 200 m2 within the 1890 historical building of Kotzia Square, upon which the City Hall is located. The gallery space hosts experimental exhibitions and project proposals by artists, curators, art groups and offspaces from Greece and abroad.
CAMP is located within the very heart of Athens, the historical center, and public meeting point of diverse cultures and individuals. The three storey preservable neoclassical building stands next to other substantial historical monuments such as The National Bank of Greece but most significantly, the Athens City Hall. Kotzia Square, which embraces the City Hall, has lived moments of glory during which the City Theatre invited an overwhelming crowd of Athenians to watch Sarah Bernhardt perform, but also moments of sadness when the theater itself housed refugees, thus leading to irreversible damage that resulted in its demolishment.
Within this very location contemporary art has acquired a new meeting place for artists in one of the most famous and emblematic corners of Athens.
CAMP aims to connect artists from Greece and abroad who work with the visual arts, music, performing arts and film to present innovative ideas and new and fresh proposals. CAMP aspires to become the absolute meeting point for art lovers and the art community, providing an overall view of the contemporary arts scene.
The Onassis Cultural Centre (Stegi Grammaton ke Technon) is Athens’ new cultural space hosting events and actions across the whole spectrum of the arts from theatre, dance, music and the visual arts to the written word, with an emphasis on contemporary cultural expression, on supporting Greek artists, on cultivating international collaborations and on educating children and people of all ages through life-long learning.
The foundations of the Onassis Cultural Centre were laid in Athens in 2004. The construction of the Centre was exclusively funded and overseen by the Onassis Foundation. The Centre was built on a privately-owned 3,000 sq. m. plot on Syngrou Avenue which is bounded by four roads and covers an entire city block. The Centre boasts 18,000 sq. m. of interior space.
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) is a multifunctional and environmentally sustainable education, arts, and recreation destination. It includes the new state-of-the-art facilities of the National Library of Greece, the Greek National Opera and the Stavros Niarchos Park, covering an area of 210,000 sqm.
Designed by the internationally renowned architect Renzo Piano, the SNFCC offers a new landscape for the 21st century. One of the most significant cultural and environmental projects ever undertaken in Greece, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center is the Stavros Niarchos Foundation’s largest single donation (€596 million) and a prime example of a private-public sector partnership, confirming the Foundation’s commitment to the country’s future, at a critical junction of its history. It is also an engine of short-to mid-term economic stimulus.
The SNFCC will be completed and delivered to the Greek State. As a pioneering initiative, it regenerates the surrounding urban fabric, enriching the local communities and the image of the city as a whole; enhancing its environmental, social and economic sustainability aspect. Designed especially with the purpose of being open and accessible to all, it will enrich the everyday life of the country’s residents and aims to attract millions of visitors from around the world!
Blender Gallery is a contemporary art gallery based in Athens and dedicated to the promotion of the Greek artistic creation in Greece and abroad.
The combination of various types of modern arts on the base of hosting artists with quite different philosophies will create an innovate and unique mosaic of arts. Our vision is to be able to bring out and exploit talented young artists while giving the proper value to acclaimed artists .The gallery will also host events and parties related to each exhibition, or they will have a specific purpose such as charity.
It is known that the audience for exhibitions of contemporary art has increased widely during the recent years as general awareness and interest in contemporary art has developed both in Greece and abroad.
We do not want to put boundaries and we have no standards of what art consists of. Art is hidden all over human creation and our goal is to discover it along with the audience!
The concept for The Image Gallery was born out of a love for illustration art of all types.
To that end we have decided to open a gallery devoted to illustration art, the first of its kind in Athens and to hold a series of exhibitions at our headquarters at Amalias 36 to show the various types of illustration art in our collection.
Our collection comprises an enormous amount of original posters, covering subject matters such as cinema, travel, advertising, sports, political propaganda, music and more.
Our collection comprises an enormous amount of original photographs, many printed, numbered and signed by the artists, covering subject matters such as travel, entertainment, politics, portraits, music and sport.
We have a large number of pieces of hand drawn and signed graphic art created for comics, magazines, advertising campaigns and newspapers.
Our collection comprises of a very large number of pin-up photographs, calendars, paintings and drawings created over the last 100 years.
We have acquired over 10,000 original magazines dating back to the 1890’s, we can almost guaranteed that we have a magazine released on every one of our visitor’s birthdays.
We have 20,000 items of movie memorabilia.
We have a large collection of beautiful cigarette cards, fruit package labels, cigar box labels and other packaging items, the majority of which are between 75 and 100 years old.
Works by Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Robert Indiana, Mel Ramos, Allen Jones and other pop artists, many of which are signed.
Especially rock and pop items drawn during the psychedelic 60’s.