OPEN PLAN (2007)

OPEN PLAN (2007) lists artists, who have been proposed by their galleries, either as emerging, mid-career stars, or established international trendsetters. They are given the opportunity to create a unique one-person show or project, some with big pieces and installations. This generous exposition of selected art works is presented in exclusively designed exhibition spaces at level D of the Helexpo Palace. Open Plan is organised this year by independent curators Cecilia Canziani and Sotirios Bahtsetzis, who have presented artists from 29 international galleries. Art Athina has stretched the limits of the classic art fair, offering a unique combination of events that balance a commercial and curated approach.
The new coordinators of the 13th Art Athina redesigned the exhibition while taking into consideration: the international environment, specific local particularities, the conditions of the broader geographical region of the South Eastern Mediterranean, the extensive mobilization of many new forces, and the realization that Art Athina is an important link within these forces.The Restart initiative of Art Athina has set the following goals:
to set new standards in the quality and selection of a small number of high profile and innovative international galleries who support contemporary and cutting edge projects; to create an event that will act as a forum for exhibition and exchange, introducing a host of curated exhibitions, performances and talks and to assist in the production of new art projects, and to mobilize the city’s art spaces and unique locations as part of an extended platform that will heighten the experiences and senses of all attending.

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