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Forget IKEA – Egneus is Sweden’s loveliest gift to Greece

Daniel Egneus made a colorful splash on the Athens art scene last summer with his exhibition of 100 drawings of Athens streets at the Zoumboulakis Gallery, titled ‘As I Walked Out One Morning’. His juxtaposition of vivid, fantastical and beatific elements with gritty, harsh or eerie characteristics is a common thread in his work, displaying a complex and profound perspective about people and the urban or natural worlds they inhabit, both materially and figuratively. In only four years of living in Athens, following decades in a string of other European cities, Egneus has created hundreds of paintings, sketches andillustrations that, critically, attest to an impressively illustrated and highly original perspective of the city. I interviewed the artist on a rainy day in his apartment at the border between Syntagma and Plaka, sitting at his desk to take a privileged look through a lot of his work on giant screens and sipping tea that took him several attempts to make, because of a temperamental kettle it seems. Let’s start at the very beginning… I quit school really early. All …

coming home

BY GUEST WRITER Eileen Botsford There comes a time in life when we realise how lucky we are and feel the need to give back, to give to those who are in more need than us. Thankfully I have met that point in my life a few times. I have now however, come to realising these actions through means that I find most beneficial both for the recipient and myself. The process entails helping people through being creative, and hopefully by doing that, they are given a small push to start moving toward positive directions in their lives. At the end of 2014 I was privileged to be approached by the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (EMST) to collaborate with them in their Educational Program, ‘EMST Without Borders’. This was a real honour for me, as I had been following the wonderful and inspirational work that ‘EMST Without Borders’ had been doing for a while. It was at about the same time that I was building a workshop template that I call ‘Project Home’, a template applicable to a variety …

I have nothing to wear!

UNLESS you’re one of those people who have a walk-in wardrobe that looks like Vogue’s September Issue clothing department, you’ll have experienced, at least once in a while, and at most, every other day, that disempowering, frustrating, downright infuriating feeling that you have nothing to wear. There you are, looking at a wardrobe full of clothes, yet in your mind’s eye there’s something absolutely wrong with every single item. You may start by calmly perusing your lot, and then move on to a more active searching mode. Oh, there’s that shirt you wore the other day and felt so good in! Why not match it with those funky trousers? You thrown them on, and are faced with your frowning, frumpy reflection: “I look like crap!” Suddenly the shirt makes you look lumpy and the trousers are far too tight on your bum, not to mention that your legs look like those of a miniature horse. How did you ever even wear these trousers? Or buy them? They’re terrible! In fact, everything you own is terrible! For a moment …

Onassis Cultural Center

rediscovering athens

IT HAD been a while since I’d read about an art exhibition with a concept that truly excited me – so when I found out that the Onassis Cultural Center (OCC) had set up Strange Cities Athens I headed straight to Theatrou Square in Psyrri to check it out. The exhibition displays the result of a challenge set to 23 visual art units from around the world, who have never been to Athens, to create artworks based solely on their impressions of it. The OCC, in collaboration with the team of curators from London’s Double Decker, provided the artists with a triangular “inspiration box” that contained: a recipe, a scent, a poem (Jasmin by Giorgos Seferis), a book, recordings of urban soundscapes, and music by Konstandinos Vita (Song “II”) and Manos Hatzidakis (the song A Magic City), and asked them to take it from there. The impressions of Athens that are formed in the minds of the millions of visitors who come here, as well the multitude of ideas, feelings and attitudes of people who have never visited, …

renovation and innovation @ philos

ATHENS is full of beautiful neoclassical buildings that have been abandoned and left to rot. Some of them belong to the state, others to families that were once rich but today cannot afford to refurbish them, or who are still wrangling on ownership rights over what they inherited from their ancestors, among other reasons. Fortunately, one of those beautiful buildings, standing on 32 Solonos St in Kolonaki, was “rescued” by a couple who have what they describe as an “obsession for old buildings”, and transformed into a space that can be visited and enjoyed by all.        The building in question is a 300 square metre, three storey house that has been registered in architectural records since circa 1937 (but is thought by some to have existed since before 1900), that once belonged to an art collector from the island of Mytilini called Evripidis Koutlidis. “It was love at first sight,” the female member of the couple, who prefer to remain anonymous to the press, told us.  After years of searching for “the one”, the pair found the …

forget me…not!

WHEN you traipse through the city’s historical zone perusing souvenir shops – Monastiraki, Plaka and Acropolis, in a desperate last-minute hunt for a decent gift for your loved ones back home, you’ll come across a range of things you keep seeing over and over like a hellish design nightmare: tacky T-shirts, featuring various scenes and lines from the movie 300, quotes by ancient philosophers, ancient scenes of all varieties (sometimes with a lewd sexual twist) and those with nudge-nudge, wink, wink references to drunkenness. An assortment of classical statues through the historical ages in all shapes, sizes and materials. The ancient warrior headgear, spears, armour plates, dinner plates, “hand painted” bowls, jugs and other vessels. ‘I love Greece’ bags, island donkey-lovers trinkets and cat-starring toys, off the shoulder cotton dresses with gold stitching inspired by the Greek gods that the Greek gods wouldn’t be seen dead in, orgy themed playing cards. There are also  new age / hippy / traveller uniforms, bags, ruck sacks and sarongs and then sandals, lots of sandals. And that’s all folks. That’s until you may be as …