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

  1. 42 Panagiotou Anagnostopoulou, Kolonaki, 106 73
  2. +30 210 339 0833
  3. Website

The Pawnshop exhibition by Maria Kriara.

Courtesy: Christina Androulidaki Gallery

Release the Kraken exhibition by Antonakis Christodoulou.

Courtesy: Eleftheria Tseliou Gallery

Eleftheria Tseliou Gallery

  1. 3 Heraklitou, Kolonaki, 106 73
  2. +30 210 361 8188
  3. Facebook

Kalfayan Gallery

  1. 11 Haritos, Kolonaki, 106 75
  2. +30 210 721 7679
  3. Website

Alexis Akrithakis exhibition.

Courtesy: Kalfayan Gallery

Courtesy: Zoumboulakis Gallery

Zoumboulakis Gallery

  1. 20 Kolonaki Square, Kolonaki, 106 73
  2. +30 210 360 8278
  3. Website

Syntagma

Allouche Benias Gallery

  1. 1 Kanari, Athens, 106 71
  2. +30 210 338 9111
  3. Website

Vassilis H. | Blue Shadows and a couple of Oranges.

Courtesy: Allouche Benias Gallery

Courtesy: Ekfrasi-Yianna Grammatopoulou Gallery

Ekfrasi-Yianna Grammatopoulou Gallery

  1. 9a Valaoritou, Athens, 106 71
  2. +30 210 360 7598
  3. Website

Thissio & Petralona

Bernier Eliades Gallery

  1. 11 Eptachalkou, Thissio, 11 851
  2. +30 210 341 3935

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

  1. 30 Dimofontos & 7 Thorikion, Petralona, 118 51
  2. +30 210 341 1748
  3. Website

Monastiraki & Psirri

AD Gallery

  1. 3 Pallados, Psirri, 105 54
  2. +30 210 322 8785
  3. Website

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

Courtesy: AD Gallery. Photo by Nikos Markou.

Metaxourgio & Keramikos

The Breeder

  1. 45 Iasonos, Metaxourgio, 104 36
  2. +30 210 331 7527
  3. Website

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

  1. 9 Leonidou, Metaxourgio, 104 37
  2. +30 210 523 3049
  3. Website

Ambelokipi

Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Centre

  1. 48 Armatolon & Klefton, Ambelokipi, 114 71
  2. +30 210 643 9466
  3. Website

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

  1. 41 Polydefkous, Piraeus, 185 45
  2. +30 210 412 3977
  3. Website