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The Same River Twice: Contemporary Art in Athens @ the Benaki 138 Pireos St. Museum. Don't miss

The Same River Twice: Contemporary Art in Athens | 21/06/2019 - 22/09/2019 | Benaki 138 Pireos St. Museum

The New Museum and the DESTE Foundation, in collaboration with the Benaki Museum, Athens, present “The Same River Twice,” an exhibition of Athens-based artists, curated by Margot Norton and Natalie Bell. The exhibition will focus on the city of Athens and its constantly evolving artistic landscape, which is host to countless artist-run initiatives and exhibition spaces, cross-disciplinary happenings and collaborations, and a dauntless energy that has enticed many non-Greek artists to relocate and call Athens home.

“The Same River Twice” borrows its title from an aphorism attributed to the Greek philosopher Heraclitus, in which he famously asserted that “one cannot step in the same river twice.” The flow of water offered an apt analogy for the state of constant flux Heraclitus sought to describe, and it applies to the continuous transformations of Athens’s art scene today—and the inherent impossibility of capturing or containing it at any given moment. As a city, Athens is in perpetual transformation, and its artists have long found ways to document its shifting landscapes, whether through visual or material studies of the city’s attributes; meditations on its monuments, relics, and cast-offs; or inquiries into the character of its people and public spaces.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, designed by An Art Service, featuring an essay by the curators as well as texts by Nadja Argyropoulou, Danai Giannoglou, Delia Gonzalez, and Theophilos Tramboulis. Their contributions aim to collectively establish a resource on Athens’s multifaceted art scene -from underground happenings and activist orientations, to the rise of artist-run spaces, and the critical realm of self-published art zines and journals.

Lakis & Aris Ionas / The Callas (Lakis Ionas [b. 1974 Athens] and Aris Ionas [b. 1975 Athens])

Eleni Christodoulou (b. 1965 Athens)

Anastasia Douka (b. 1979 Athens)

Pavlos Fysakis (b. 1969 Athens)

Eva Giannakopoulou (b. 1977 Athens)

Delia Gonzalez (b. 1972 Miami)

Evi Kalogiropoulou (b. 1985 Athens)

Dionisis Kavallieratos (b. 1979 Athens)

Navine G. Khan-Dossos (b. 1982, London) / GTSA

Katerina Komianou (b. 1984 Athens)

Panayiotis Loukas (b. 1975 Athens)

Petros Moris (b. 1986 Lamia)

Rallou Panagiotou (b. 1978 Athens)

Angelos Papadimitrou (b. 1952 Kiato)

Vasilis Papageorgiou (b. 1991 Thessaloniki)

Rena Papaspyrou (b. 1938 Athens)

Eftihis Patsourakis (b. 1967 Crete)

Anastasia Pavlou (b. 1993 Athens)

Yorgos Prinos (b. 1977 Athens)

Kostas Sahpazis (b. 1977 Thessaloniki)

Socratis Socratous (b. 1971 Cyprus)

Eva Stefani (b. 1964 Alexandria, Virginia)

Valinia Svoronou (b. 1991 Athens)

Iris Touliatou (b. 1981 Athens)

Dimitris Tsouanatos (b. 1944 Athens)

Alexandros Tzannis (b. 1979 Athens)

Amalia Vekri (b. 1983 Athens)

Nikolas Ventourakis (b. 1981 Athens)

Vangelis Vlahos (b. 1971 Athens)

Eirini Vourloumis (b. 1979 Athens)

Neritan Zinxhiria (b. 1989 Tirana, Albania)

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August: closed.

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