Since ancient times, Athens
has been a haven for creativity. In recent years, it has experienced an exciting artistic rejuvenation that is a direct reflection of its vibrant, dynamic and contemporary urban culture. The Greek capital is very much one the best cities to appreciate both classic and contemporary art in Europe
, so as you’re exploring the city’s fascinating ancient ruins, we highly recommend getting a taste for its modern art scene at one of these top art galleries in Athens.
EMST, National Museum of Contemporary Art
- Kallirrois Ave and Amvr. Frantzi Street
This recent addition to the Athens art scene is a nucleus of important works by Greek and foreign artists.
Benaki Museum Pireos Annexe
- Pireos 138, 11854
An important landmark for art and culture, Benaki Pireos features contemporary art and design and functions both as a gallery and event venue.
- Kriezotou 6, 10671 (main location)
With three locations in central Athens, these contemporary art branches have served the Athenian art scene since 1973 with exhibitions from international and Greek contemporary artists.
- Aristofanous 20, 10554
A contemporary gallery that focuses primarily on the promotion of Greek contemporary art both at a national and international level.
Bernier / Eliades Gallery
- Eptachalkou 11, 11851
Located inside a historic building, this gallery exhibits contemporary art by young American and European artists.
- Merlin 3, 10671
The Athenian branch of the Gagosian Gallery was designed by Michelle Ballard. Centrally located in the Syntagma area, it features vibrant exhibitions by acclaimed local and international artists.
The Breeder Gallery
- Iasonos 4, 10436
Catalytic in the evolution of the Athenian contemporary art scene, this gallery is a platform for creative talent from all around the world. A former ice-cream factory in central Athens, this modified space of creative expression hosts solo and group exhibitions.
- Normanou 5, 10555
Since its first opening in 2009, The Art Foundation has established itself as an open platform for artistic experimentation that embraces a diverse mix of cultural activities.
Rebecca Camhi Gallery
- Leonidou 9, 10437
Housed in a pre-war building in central Athens, this gallery handles all types of media from painting and sculpture to film, video and drawings by Greek and international artists.
*Image Credit: EMST