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Athens: The Grand Promenade August 9, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Arts Events Greece, Arts Exhibitions Greece, Greece Athens.

Following the highly successful “Athina By Art” exhibition – the city’s first major outdoor art display – which was held during the summer of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, the Greek capital now welcomes “The Grand Promenade”.

The works which comprise this large-scale modern art exhibition, organised by the National Museum of Contemporary Art, are spread throughout the city. “The Grand Promenade” is the first of two international exhibitions planned by the museum as part of pre-opening events taking place this year and in 2007. The museum building will be completed within 2008. The creators of the exhibition were inspired by the museum’s proximity to Athens’ key ancient sites and monuments, which offer the opportunity to create transcultural communication networks linking ancient and modern art. Museum director Anna Kafetsi is the curator of the exhibition.

The exhibition’s title refers to The Grand Promenade, created by the Unification of Archaeological Sites of Athens. This large-scale urban project surrounding the Acropolis doubles as an open-air art space. A total of 44 artists from around the world is participating in the exhibition with recent works or works commissioned by the museum that have been put on display in outdoor ancient sites, at monuments and in public and private buildings.

Among the artists taking part are: Pawel Althamer, Ghada Amer, Andreas Angelidakis, Janine Antoni, Kutlug Ataman, Per Barclay, Vlassis Caniaris, Michael Blum, Christian Boltanski, Pavel Buchler, Fouad Elkoury, George Hadjimichalis, Gary Hill, Thomas Hirschhorn, Yu Hong, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Y.Z. Kami, Anish Kapoor, Gulsun Karamustafa, Toba Khedoori, Jannis Kounellis, Wolfgang Laib, Luisa Lambri, Miltos Manetas, Julie Mehretu, Ernesto Neto, Silke Otto-Knapp, Adrian Paci, Susan Philipsz, Dimitris Pikionis, Angelo Plessas, Khalil Rabah, Steve Roden, Ulrich Ruckriem, Santiago Sierra, Nedko Solakov, Ηans Jurgen Syberberg, Lina Theodorou, Evanthia Tsantila, Kostis Velonis, Amelie von Wulffen, Rachel Whiteread, Zafos Xagoraris and Vana Xenou.

Exhibition venues:

1. The Grand Promenade
2. The Melina Mercouri Foundation
3. The Athens School of Fine Arts Graduates Association building
4. The Roman Agora
5. The University of Indianapolis Cultural Centre (Athens campus)
6. The Aerides Baths (Turkish Baths)
7. The Association of Greek Archaeologists building
8. The City of Athens’ Technopolis

The exhibition opened on July 17 and will run through September 29.

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