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Athens’ contemporary arts scene: A photo journal

Forget long-dead masters and revered classical architects – a new arts movement is flourishing in Athens. The contemporary art scene, once almost decimated by economic crisis, is not just up-and-coming, but profoundly, triumphantly, ‘up’.

Sleek, modern buildings cut unusual shapes against the ancient monuments and archaeological sites of the city. And it’s in these multipurpose spaces that creatives are collaborating to produce and exhibit some of Athens’ freshest, most innovative art.

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre

Address: Leof. Andrea Siggrou 364, Kallithea 176 74, Greece

The SNFC is home to the National Opera and National Library

The SNFC is home to the National Opera and National Library

Architect Renzo Piano wanted the building to look like a part of the earth itself

Architect Renzo Piano wanted the building to look like a part of the earth itself

The National Opera has a large auditorium and a space for experimental theatre

The National Opera has a large auditorium and a space for experimental theatre

A performer’s perspective of the SNFCC alternative theatre space

A performer’s perspective of the SNFCC alternative theatre space

Onassis Cultural Centre

Address: 107-109, Syngrou Avenue, 117 45 Athens, Greece

Onassis Cultural Centre is emblazoned with a bold, poetic statement

Onassis Cultural Centre is emblazoned with a bold, poetic statement

The centre’s purpose is to bring together science, innovation and the arts

The centre’s purpose is to bring together science, innovation and the arts

More glowing words evoke Onassis’ explorative spirit

More glowing words evoke Onassis’ explorative spirit

The space has two amphitheatres, an exhibition hall and an open-air theatre

The space has two amphitheatres, an exhibition hall and an open-air theatre

EMST - National Museum of Contemporary Art

Address: Kallirrois Avenue & Amvr. Frantzi Str., 117 43 Athens, Greece

Athens’ EMST is housed in a repurposed brewery building

Athens’ EMST is housed in a repurposed brewery building

The museum’s collection showcases contemporary Greek and international artists

The museum’s collection showcases contemporary Greek and international artists

Technopolis

Address: 100, Pireos Str., 118 54 Gazi, Athens, Greece

Technopolis – a former gasworks – is now a space for concerts and exhibitions

Technopolis – a former gasworks – is now a space for concerts and exhibitions

The building is a modern spectacle amidst the ancient sprawl of Athens

The building is a modern spectacle amidst the ancient sprawl of Athens

New Benaki Museum

Address: Koumpari 1, 106 74 Athens, Greece

Innovative design keeps the focus on Benaki’s multipurpose courtyard

Innovative design keeps the focus on Benaki’s multipurpose courtyard

Here, a historic permanent collection contrasts with contemporary exhibitions

Here, a historic permanent collection contrasts with contemporary exhibitions