CULTURE

Annual show of antiques

Taking place for the 11th year running, the annual show organized by the Association of Greek Antique and Art Dealers draws large crowds of those who love things old and rare. An added plus this year is the recent renovation of its regular venue, the Hotel Grande Bretagne. Established in 1930, the association’s members – admitted according to strict standards – are once again displaying local and foreign gems, including Greek and foreign paintings, Greek and European silverware and porcelain, furniture (from the French Directoire period to pieces from the Greek islands), carpets, officially licensed antiquities, icons, tools and scientific devices, books, collectors coins, old watches, sculptures and precious jewelry. According to the organizers, the aim of the popular exhibition is not only to keep collectors up to date on what’s available, but also to reach out to those who enjoy and appreciate art and antiques, as well as to promote the idea of collecting. More than 10,000 visitors wandered through the exhibition halls last year, while this year the event’s proceeds will go to the Elpida Association in aid of children suffering from cancer. This year’s gathering, however, is going ahead without the participation of prominent professionals such as Antiqua, the Martinos Gallery, Zoumboulakis Galleries, Kalfayan Gallery and Rupen Kalfayan, all of whom have left the professional association. The 11th Exhibition of the Association of Greek Antique and Art Dealers is on at the Hotel Grande Bretagne. Entrance from Panepistimiou St. The exhibition is on display today through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Entrance fee 5 euros.