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Athens: Benaki Showcases Work of Kostas Paniaras

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Kostas Paniaras at the Benkai

We got a good injection of artistic inspiration at the Benaki Museum’s Pireos Street Annexe in Athens (Pireos Street 138 at Andronikou Street, tel: +30-210-345-3111). There, one of the current exhibitions is a collection of selected sculptures and paintings by contemporary Greek artist Kostas Paniaras. The exhibition spans Paniaras’s first 50 years of art work. It’s a “non-retrospective” review, with current work and past work juxtaposed side-by-side. This organization jumbles the traditional narrative of an artist’s progression, and makes Paniaras’s work feel truly alive across the decades of his work.

While you can pay €8 for admittance to all of the museum’s fabulous exhibits, you can opt to experience the Paniaras exhibition for only €3. If you have a child under 18 with you, the child attends free and you are admitted for €1.50.

This exhibit only runs through March 18, so hurry! (The museum is open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday, 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and closed Monday and Tuesday.)

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In order to keep a promise she and her brother had made to their grandmother (and to simultaneously fulfill one of her own dreams) Kaymaria left her beloved hometown of Oakland, California and headed to Athens in time for the 2004 Olympics. Today, she continues to work and play in the Greek capital, where you may find her writing atop Lykavittos, road-tripping with overseas guests, enjoying Athens cafés with friends, dancing to Greek hip-hop music, or reading Greek subtitles in an outdoor cinema. The daughter of two life-long educators and enthusiastic travelers, Kaymaria has explored North America, Mexico, and Europe. It was not until she spent a year as an exchange student at The University of York in England, however, that she discovered that she does not actually speak English.

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