In the 1950s-1970s, many contemporary artists settled in Paris, whereas today, the new generation are proud of their Greekness and prefer to work in Greece. Hellenics have a passion for contemporary art, and both galleries and collectors are multiplying in Athens. This craze dates back to the 2004 Olympics, which stimulated creativity in different sectors, including art and design, despite the crisis and various difficulties.
Among the first to support this national movement was Ileana Tounta. Located in the upmarket Kolonáki quarter, the gallery has become an international reference among artists, collectors, and dealers. Ileana represents around twenty painters, sculptors, and visual artists, and participates in all the international fairs, including those of Basel and Miami.
If you appreciate art, it is essential to go to the gallery to have a look and perhaps buy a piece by one of the artists, whose status continues to climb. The gallery is divided into two exhibition halls, plus an art shop. If you need to snack on something, make a stop at 48 Urban Garden, located on the ground floor of the Contemporary Art Center. You will discover a 190-sqm city garden in its midst, with benches and picnic tables, as well as vegetable gardens and flowerbeds.
Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center
114 71 Athens
+30 210 643 9466