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Word of Mouth: Athens Culture + Shopping

Vintage clothing, records, art and more in our guide to adventures in the Greek city The references to Greek heritage in the Western world are endless. But zooming in on Athens culture reveals a diverse and talented group of artists, designers, shop owners and gallerists. Enlisting the help of CH friends Kiya and Demitra Babzani (experts of the area and the owners Self Edge), we have …
Tags: Travel, Design, Greece, Shopping, Museums, Athens, Retail, Shops, Galleries, Kiya, Self Edge, Demitra Babzani


Bombay Sapphire's Zestful Mission to Stir Creativity Arrives in Athens

Creativity is usually associated with artists, architects and designers but the truth is that it is something that everyone can tap into. This is the tenet of premium gin brand Bombay Sapphire’s mission to “Stir Creativity”, a clarion call for promoting self-expression and unlocking people’s creative potential.
Tags: Art, Athens, Bombay Sapphire


The Ruins Of Plato’s Academy, Where Everybody’s Getting Stoned

Philosopher Simon Critchley visits the Athens park that’s still called “Akadimia Platonos” and ruminates on what the site and its ancient proprietor were and were not — and what the place is now. (Yes, almost everyone he saw there was smoking weed.) — The New York Times
Tags: Art, Ideas, Athens, Plato, Simon Critchley, 02.06.19


The Powerful Role Of Gossip In Ancient Greece

While Aristotle suggests that gossiping was frequently a trivial, enjoyable pastime, he also makes clear that gossiping could have malicious intent when spoken by someone who has been wronged. This evaluation of words as weapons in the hands of the wronged is particularly pertinent when thinking about how the Athenians made use of gossip in the law courts in Athens, because Ancient court cases were based heavily on character evaluation of those involved in the case rather than on hard evidence...
Tags: Art, Greece, Ideas, Athens, Aristotle, 01.31.19


Let's not lose our marbles over the British Museum boss's remarks | Jonathan Jones

Hartwig Fischer said that removing the Parthenon marbles from Greece was a ‘creative act’ – but there is a logic to this provocative view that shouldn’t be dismissed out of hand The British Museum has tended to keep its lips sealed about its most controversial set of treasures: the sculptures removed from the Parthenon in Athens by Lord Elgin at the start of the 19th century. I know, because I’ve taken part in public debates to put its case – without anyone from the museum to back me up – most r...
Tags: Art, Europe, London, Greece, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Heritage, Museums, Sculpture, Athens, Parthenon, Parthenon marbles, British Museum, Arts policy, University College


Word of Mouth: Athens Food + Drink

Drinking, dancing and dining in the Greek capital To experience some of the best food and drink in the Greek capital—long a CH favorite for its energy and thriving start-up scene—through a local’s perspective we enlisted the help of Kiya and Demitra Babzani, who recently moved there part time. The owners of CH favorite Self Edge, they have impeccable taste and a holistic point of …
Tags: Travel, Design, Greece, Drinking, Athens, Eating, Greek, Word of Mouth, Kiya, Self Edge, Athens Food Drink, Demitra Babzani


Nat Geo's Incredible 2018 Photo Contest Finalists (Which Can Be Downloaded as Free Wallpapers, BTW)

National Geographic's photo contests always draw incredible submissions from around the world, and this year is no different. Perhaps the best part is that entrants willingly yield the rights to their photos, allowing NG to make each one freely downloadable as wallpapers for your desktop, tablet or phone.You can check out the 2018 Finalists here. We've just gone through the list, and here are our ten favorites. (The captions are written by the photographers themselves, with our enlightening comm...
Tags: Photography, Design, California, Athens, Volkswagen, Madagascar, Audi, Dhaka, Van Gogh, Nat Geo, U S Environmental Protection Agency, ATHENS Greece, Tornado Alley, Texas Panhandle, Ashy Larry, Mojave Desert Models


Documenta Lost Even More Millions On Athens Than We Thought

“A final audit has revealed that the deficit caused by overspending in the 2017 edition of Documenta, the contemporary art exhibition that takes place in the German city of Kassel every five years, is more than €2m wider than originally calculated.” The total deficit on the event, €7.6 million, is attributed on overspending on Documenta’s extension to Athens.
Tags: Art, Athens, Visual, Kassel, Documenta, 11.30.18


This off-grid home on a Greek island provides 'cinematic frames' of the sea

Located on a remote hillside on the Cyclades islands off the coast of Greece, the Parallel House pays homage to the beautiful sea that surrounds the island. But behind its stunning design lies a completely self-sustaining home. Designed by Athens-based En Route Architects, the contemporary, concrete residence runs entirely off the grid thanks to solar panels, a rainwater collection system and energy-efficient insulation. The 1,000-square-foot home uses traditional building methods to become c...
Tags: Design, Greece, South Africa, Athens, Yiorgis Yerolymbos, Parallel House, En Route Architects Via Archdaily Photography, Nicholas Kourkoulas


World’s Longest Art Gallery – 144 Miles – Debuts In Southeastern Ohio

The Ohio Art Corridor is a series of outdoor artworks displayed in small cities and towns such as Lancaster, Zanesville, Circleville, McConnelsville, and Athens. The plan is for the gallery route to eventually stretch to 230 miles.
Tags: Art, Athens, Visual, Southeastern Ohio, 10.30.18, Ohio Art Corridor, Lancaster Zanesville Circleville McConnelsville


Want To See How Colorful Ancient Greece Really Was? Play This Video Game

Word is finally getting around that the marble statues of ancient Greece weren’t snowy-white; they were painted in vibrant colors. Same for the Parthenon — indeed, of most buildings. It may seem hard to believe that the latest version of the game Assassin’s Creed, subtitled Odyssey and set during the Peloponnesian War, could look anything like actual 5th-century-BC Athens, but scholars have reacted very positively.
Tags: Art, Media, Greece, Athens, Parthenon, Visual, 10.22.18


Reader Submitted: A Table Lamp Inspired by a Pickup Needle Placed on a Vinyl

Athens-based ADD Architectural Studio'sReverse Pickup Table Lamp's design was inspired from the concept of transmission of sound as a vinyl rotates on the pickup needle. The vinyl was replaced by the translucent marble discus which was placed standing, thus producing the "reverse pickup" table lamp. The concept becomes complete with the bronze arcs, which in combination with the discus's final position depict the archetype of the pickup needle placed on a vinyl. Reverse Pickup Table Lamp recei...
Tags: Design, Athens, Reader Projects


Adorable prefab nursery in Greece mimics a tiny urban village

For design collective KLAB Architecture (Kinetic Lab of Architecture), one of the biggest challenges with public buildings in Greece is the lack of architect involvement in the construction process. To circumvent the problem, KLAB Architecture turned to prefabrication for its design of a public nursery in the Athens suburb of Glyfada. Drawing inspiration from a child’s archetypal drawing of a house, the modular gabled structures are clustered together to form the appearance of a tiny urban vill...
Tags: Design, Greece, Architecture, Gallery, Athens, Schools, Energy Efficiency, Nursery, WeWork, Prefab, Carousel Showcase, Modular Architecture, Prefabricated Architecture, Modules, Minimalist Architecture, Natural Materials Palette


Athens Was A Wreck. Now It’s Become One Of Europe’s Most Dynamic Cultural Capitals

There are places we live and places we visit, and then there are the other places. Places we return to, where we put down roots, but not strong enough roots to hold us — places that change us, that we haunt and are haunted by. Nowhere embodies this for me more than Athens, a city I’ve watched shift and evolve, endure crisis and chaos and economic collapse, and yet emerge from the wreckage as one of the continent’s most vibrant and significant cultural capitals, more popular than ever as a touris...
Tags: Art, Europe, Athens, Issues, 06.18.18


The Arts Help Athens Bounce Back From Greece's Financial Crisis

"[The city has] endure[d] crisis and chaos and economic collapse, and yet emerge[d] from the wreckage as one of the continent's most vibrant and significant cultural capitals, more popular than ever as a tourist destination. (Last year Athens welcomed a record 5 million visitors, double the 2012 figure.) ... In so many ways, Athens feels […]
Tags: Art, Greece, Athens, Issues, 06.18.18


Scents of antiquity revived for exhibition at Athens museum

Chemists resurrect scent of Aphrodite’s Rose for global first showWhen the National Archaeological Museum of Athens decided to mark its 150th anniversary, it seemed a no-brainer that it should celebrate the ancients’ love of beauty. “After all, beauty is a word that exists in every one of the 6,000 languages spoken on this planet,” said Maria Lagogianni, director of Greece’s premier museum. “It is a word understood by all.” Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Greece, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Athens, Exhibitions, Fragrance, Classics And Ancient History, National Archaeological Museum of Athens, Maria Lagogianni


Right-Wing Protesters Yank Down And Destroy Statue In Athens

The statue was red, an angel with wings, but critics thought it was a depiction of Satan. "Protests against the 8-metre high sculpture called Phylax, which in Greek means 'guardian', have ranged from throwing white paint and spitting at it to attempting to exorcise it with a Greek priest sprinkling holy water." Then a group […]
Tags: Art, Athens, Visual, 01.18.18, Right Wing Protesters Yank Down


Driving to the Edge of the Quest: A Road Trip to Northern Greece

Last summer, as I drove back into Athens after completing an incredible road trip through the center of the Peloponnese and to the tip of Cape Tainaron in the new Mercedes GLA, I made a promise to myself that it would be the start of many solitary road trips and searched my calendar for the moment to recreate that incredible experience.
Tags: Art, Athens, Northern Greece, Cape Tainaron


Top Posts From AJBlogs 12.21.17

National Gallery Does It Again: A Wonderful Christmas Theme “The first Christmas gift is gold …” says the National Gallery’s Caroline Campbell as she begins a video inviting visitors to explore the theme of gold in the stories told by art at the London museum. ... read more AJBlog: Real Clear Arts Published 2017-12-20 A Plenitude of Nudes: Drawn to Michelangelo’s Musclemen at the Met “This drawing is the reason why I’m a curator at the Met,” Carmen Bambach confided during a victory lap around he...
Tags: Art, London, Georgia, Athens, National Gallery, Ajblogs, Palmieri, Michelangelo, Bodleian Library, 12.21.17, Caroline Campbell, Carmen Bambach


Athens - 'Whatever You Do, Don't Call Us The New Berlin'

"Artists, collectives, new bars, farm-to-table restaurants, startups, and alternative music venues are amassing in Athens. Abandoned buildings, the scars from what Greeks simply call 'the Crisis', are turning into cultural spaces and homes for startups. Political statements are now emblazoned as street art. Artists from Mexico, Bali, New York and Western Europe are making Athens […]
Tags: Art, Athens, Issues, Western Europe, New Berlin, 11.17.17, Mexico Bali New York


What Makes The Death of Socrates a Great Work of Art?: A Thought-Provoking Reading of David’s Philosophical & Political Painting

When we think of political propaganda, we do not typically think of French Neoclassical painter Jacques-Louis David. There’s something debased about the term—it stinks of insincerity, staginess, emotional manipulation, qualities that cannot possibly belong to great art. But let us put aside this prejudice and consider David’s 1787 The Death of Socrates. Created two years before the start of the French Revolution, the painting “gave expression to the principle of resisting unjust authorit...
Tags: Google, Art, College, History, David, Paris, Athens, Philosophy, Raphael, Khan Academy, Napoleon, Facebook Twitter, Plato, Boston College, Da Vinci, Socrates


Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige Win Prix Marcel Duchamp

Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige have been awarded the 2017 edition of the Prix Marcel Duchamp, leaving them with an award of €35,000.  The pair’s work seeks to explore the portrayal and understanding of Lebanon as shaped by the Western media. They have recently shown in the Athens half of Documenta 14.Read more at Art News
Tags: Art, News, Athens, Lebanon, Art News, Minipost, Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige, Marcel Duchamp, Documenta


Acoustics In Ancient Greek Amphitheatres Aren't Really So Extraordinary: Study

At the famous theatre at Epidaurus, the claim has always been that you could hear a pin dropping or an actor whispering onstage even in the farthest seats. But a team of researchers has done extensive tests there, at Argos and at the Odeon in Athens, and they found that - while these ancient venues […]
Tags: Art, Theatre, Athens, Argos, Odeon, Epidaurus, 10.16.17


Documenta Hailed as Major Success by Government Officials

Despite budget woes and political controversies, this year’s edition of Documenta is being praised as a massive success, according to the New York Times, with officials in both Athens and Kassel expressing satisfaction with the public response to the event. “Documenta is one of the biggest strokes of cultural fortune for Hesse, Kassel and beyond,” says Hesse Culture […]
Tags: Art, News, New York Times, Athens, Art News, Minipost, Kassel, Documenta, Hesse Kassel


Documenta 2017 Was An Unprecedented Success Despite Huge Costs In Athens, Say Officials

The mayor of the German city of Kassel, which hosts and helps fund Documenta, acknowledged that this year's unprecedented €7 million deficit was the result of extending the show to Athens. (This was the first time Documenta had taken place in any other city.) Even so, the organizers argued that, with total attendance of more […]
Tags: Art, Athens, Visual, Kassel, Documenta, 09.21.17


Documenta Artists Denies Report That This Year's Athens Exhibition Resulted In Huge Deficit

“We feel that casting a false shadow of criticism and scandal over documenta 14 does a disservice to the work that the artistic director and his team have put into this exhibition. Shaming through debt is an ancient financial warfare technique; these terms of assessment have nothing to do with what the curators have made […]
Tags: Art, Athens, Visual, Documenta, 09.15.17


Report: This Year's Documenta In Athens Created A 7 Million Euro Deficit

"Nobody thought that the electricity bill in Athens would be horrendously high because the exhibition venues had to be cooled from 40 degrees outside temperature to 23 degrees. Immensely expensive were also the transports of the works of art from Athens to Kassel."
Tags: Art, Athens, Visual, Documenta, 09.13.17


Alone Together: Aristotle Roufanis' Photographic Portrayal of Global Cities

Alone Together: Aristotle Roufanis' Photographic Portrayal of Global Cities ibby Sep 12, 2017 Alone Together: A deep look at the loneliness of global cities as it appears during the blue hour If you live or have ever lived in a large, global metropole you can certainly relate to London-based photographer Aristotle Roufanis' project 'Alone Together' which takes a unique approach in capturing the loneliness that festers in a global city. An ongoing photo...
Tags: Design, London, Mexico City, Royal Academy of Arts, Athens, Basel, Miami Beach, ATHENS Greece, Zona Maco, Aristotle Roufanis, Roufanis, London Paris Miami, Eiffel Tower Roufanis, ARISTOTLE ROUFANIS Aristotle Roufanis, Fotofever Paris, London Paris Milan Miami New York


The Uncomfortable is a collection of...

The Uncomfortable is a collection of deliberately inconvenient everyday objects by Athens-based architect Katerina Kamprani (Want more? See NOTCOT.org and NOTCOT.com) [Author: submitted]
Tags: Design, Athens, Submitted, Katerina Kamprani


Athens – Divine Dialogues: Cy Twombly and Greek Antiquity at the Museum Of Cycladic Art Through September 3, 2017

  On the occasion of Documenta 14 in Athens, the Museum of Cycladic Art presents “Divine Dialogues: Cy Twombly and Greek Antiquity,” an exhibition that juxtaposes twenty-seven works by the American artist Cy Twombly with twelve ancient Greek artworks and objects from the Archaic and Classical periods. As the press release concedes, the impact of […]
Tags: Art, Athens, Cy Twombly, Art News, Documenta



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