Top 3 picks: Galleries in Athens

Our first stop is Medusa Gallery, located in the slopes of Lycabettus Hill, in the prestigious Kolonaki district, hosting an exhibition of paintings by Yannis Kondaratos. Yannis Kondaratos ( b. Athens, 1968) is an artist, an art historian and professor at the Athens School of Fine Arts. In his second solo exhibition at the Gallery he presents a series of large format panels of bold, imposing colours; human figures with hidden visages, standing face to face or back to back in an ambiguous relation. The artist relies on the viewer to decide whether the figures and body parts are active or passive, simply observe or aim at us.
The exhibition will be on view until June 3, 2017
Untitled, 2015 - 2016, Oil on canvas, 210 x 230 cm
Further down the hill, in the classy, elegant Valaoritou str, Ekfrasi Gallery presents an exhibition by Michalis Manousakis. The artist (b. 1953) is an active participant in solo or group exhibitions in Greece and internationally since 1979. His new work consists of 53 small scale paintings which form a patchwork of the human presence. As the gallery owners poetically stated: “a quilt that accompanies and keeps him warm in the cold time which tends to nullify dreams and hopes”.
The exhibition will be on view until June 3, 2017
@ Ekfrasi Gallery - Gianna Grammatopoulou

Leaving the gallery-packed Kolonaki district we board the metro for Metaxourgeio: an up-and-coming neighborhood that, in recent years, has attracted some of the most avant-garde galleries in the city. Our destination is Vamiali’s Gallery for the 3rd part of the ongoing exhibition project Sunset in Athens; a project which is being developed gradually and in stages within the last months. Works by Betty Fotiou, Melanie Hill, Caroline May, Group Mel-air, Polys Peslikas, Yiannis Theodoropoulos, Lina Theodorou, Dimitra Vamiali form an interesting puzzle of artistic dialogue which explores the universal themes of the human condition as love, loss, loneliness, optimism, discontent, imposition, desire, intimacy, longing and embraces the idea of microcosm, which contains an entire universe.
The exhibition will be on view until July 1, 2017
Betty Fotiou

Medusa Gallery - Address: Xenokratous 7, Athens
Metro: Evangelismos (line 3)
Ekfrasi Gallery - Address: Valaoritou 9, Athens
Metro: Syntagma (lines 2 & 3), Panepistimio (line 2)
Vamiali’s Gallery - Address: Samou 1, Athens
Metro: Metaxourgeio (line 2)

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