Happy hour with a dash of art in Athens!

June in Athens is definitely a month for the Arts. Big events, showcasing the work of internationally acclaimed contemporary artists, are being held in various venues. The art frenzy began with the NEON foundation collaborating with the Whitechappel Gallery to present an exhibition of works at the Gennadius Library, curated by Iwona Blazwick, the Director of the Whitechapel Gallery. νεον1 So there I was on a lovely Saturday morning, happily strolling through the venue, inside the Library and in its gardens, becoming happier, fuller and certainly better informed by the works that are executed in a wide range of media, including video, sound and sculpture installations. νεον5 Our guides are volunteering University students who seem to enjoy assisting and informing the visitors as much as we did. Participating artists include Edward Allington, Matthew Barney, Christian Boltanski, Pavel Büchler, Michael Dean, Nina Fischer and Maroan El Sani, Ceal Floyer, Isa Genzken, Shuruq Harb, Nigel Henderson, Georg Herold, Susan Hiller, Hannah Höch, John Latham, Mark Manders, Juan Muñoz, Giuseppe Penone, Elizabeth Price, Michael Rakowitz, Annie Ratti, Meriç Algün Ringborg, Daniel Silver, Francis Upritchard, Adrián Villar Rojas, Jane and Louis Wilson. New works have also been commissioned from the Greek artists Jannis Kounellis, Nikos Navridis, Paky Vlassopoulou, Kostas Ioannidis and Valentina Karga. νεον2 This amazing Library that was built in the 19th century, is in the very heart of the city and besides contemporary art, it carries a treasury of very old books, including the first ever published editions of Homer that was printed in Florence in 1488. So if you are in Athens this June don’t forget to pay a visit, but you should visit anyway all year round this amazing building, to enjoy the permanent collections of books and other memorabilia. The Gennadius Library | 61 Souidias Street, 106 76, Athens, Greece νεον6

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