Athens is heaven for art-lovers. The capital’s art scene is red-hot and Athenian galleries are a great place to eavesdrop on what local artists think and feel about current issues. A city art insider distills the vibrant gallery circuit in Athens.

By Kiriakos Spirou

Kolonaki

CAN Christina Androulidaki Gallery

The Pawnshop exhibition by Maria Kriara

Courtesy: Christina Androulidaki Gallery

Release the Kraken exhibition by Antonakis Christodoulou

Courtesy: Eleftheria Tseliou Gallery

Eleftheria Tseliou Gallery

Kalfayan Gallery

Alexis Akrithakis exhibition

Courtesy: Kalfayan Gallery

Courtesy: Zoumboulakis Gallery

Zoumboulakis Gallery

Syntagma

Allouche Benias Gallery

Vassilis H. | Blue Shadows and a couple of Oranges

Courtesy: Allouche Benias Gallery

Courtesy: Ekfrasi-Yianna Grammatopoulou Gallery

Ekfrasi-Yianna Grammatopoulou Gallery

Thissio & Petralona

Bernier Eliades Gallery

Gilbert & George / General view of the exhibition: “The Beard Pictures" / 2018

Courtesy: Bernier Eliades Gallery. Photo by Boris Kirpotin.

Night Flight, by Lito Kattou.

Courtesy: Eleni Koroneou Gallery

Eleni Koroneou Gallery

Monastiraki & Psirri

AD Gallery

Exhibition view of the show “Transcendental Geometry” / 2014-2015

Courtesy: AD Gallery. Photo by Nikos Markou.

Metaxourgio & Keramikos

The Breeder

Mathilde Rosier / Thinking Like Another Earthy Life Form / Installation view / 2018

Courtesy: The Breeder Gallery

Konstantin Kakanias, 2018 / That's Mine Bitch. Don't Touch. Back Off.

Courtesy: Rebecca Camhi Gallery

Rebecca Camhi Gallery

Ambelokipi

Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Centre

Courtesy: Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Centre

Art adventures in the Athens suburbs

Dio Horia Contemporary Art Platform

Founded in 2015 as a platform for contemporary art on Mykonos, Dio Horia is based both in Athens and on the windswept Cycladic island. When it's not making colourful noise with high-calibre exhibitions in Mykonos town, the gallery organises exhibitions at various venues in Athens. Plans are afoot for a second space in the capital in late 2019. Exhibitions include solo and group shows with emerging artists from the periphery, including Greece, the Balkans and Latin America. The gallery's residency programme has brought foreign artists closer to contemporary Greek culture.

Liliane Lijn / Cosmic Dramas, installation view / 2018.

Courtesy: Rodeo Gallery. Photo by Boris Kirpotin.

Rodeo Gallery