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Lucas Samaras represent Greece at Venice Biennale

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   The Ministry of Culture has announced that Lucas Samaras will officially represent Greece at the Venice Biennale’s 53rd International Art Exhibition, which will run from June 7 until November 22, 2009. General coordinator of the Greek participation at this avant-garde cultural event will be Matthew Higgs.  Samaras is one of the world’s most talented and innovative contemporary artists. Born in Kastoria, he emigrated to the United States in 1948. Sculptor, painter, performance artist, he is also widely acclaimed for his pioneering work in photography. Samaras’ works can be found in numerous private and public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Tate Modern in London, the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo and many others prestigious art galleries and museums.

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Athens by Sound

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)    Athens by Sound (www.athensbysound.gr) is the national participation of Greece in the 11th Biennale of Architecture in Venice, with general theme: “Out there. Architecture beyond building” held September 13 to November 23, 2008 (Preview Programme) The Greek participation has chosen to focus on the sound of the city, so as to bring forth the non-visual qualities of space. The aim is to transform the Greek Pavilion into an interactive experience that results in a sonic mapping of Athens – the ultimate metropolis of Greece. Through this interactive installation, the curators address the multi-dimensional nature of our relationship with the city and its people in our everyday experience, which involves the sum of our senses. Curators: Anastasia Karandinou, Christina Achtypi, Stylianos Giamarelos

“Heaven” at the 2nd Athens Biennale

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   The 2nd Athens Biennale under the title “Heaven” will open on 15 June and will last until 4 October 2009. The Athens Biennale (www.athensbiennial.org) functions within an international network of large-scale periodic contemporary art events. It emerged from the intense cultural activity that makes Athens one of the most interesting places for contemporary art, and it aims to be an agent of constant change and innovation, provide a context for creativity and dialogue and constitute a wide platform for the designation and the critical engagement of local artistic production, as well as a forum of discussion and exchange with the international scene. The Biennale presented its first edition, titled Destroy Athens, between 10 September and 2 December 2007. The exhibition, as well as the parallel exhibitions and events, reached 50,000 visitors and was hailed a success by the international Press.  Athens Biennale: International Press  Articles & Interviews &  Conference: “Mapping the European Biennial Network” (June 2008)