Dutch art in Athens

Art lovers can see Dutch art up close for the first time in Greece at an exhibition titled «Dutch Show – Contemporary Dutch Artists in Greek Collections,» which opened yesterday at the Netherlands Institute in Athens (11 Makryianni) and runs to January 23, 2005. The exhibition was organized on the initiative of three Greek art collectors (Dakis Joannou, Constantinos Papageorgiou and Grigoris Papadimitriou) and art historian Deni Zacharopoulou in honor of Ambassador of the Netherlands in Greece Paul R. Brouwer for his contribution to contemporary art. The exhibition also contains works from the collection of the Frissiras Museum, as well as the Collection of the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Athens (on loan from the Van Abee Museum of Eindhoven). The exhibition showcases a representative sample of contemporary Dutch art, while there is also a series of screenings of video art by 27 Dutch artists of the 1970s and ’80s. According to the organizers, «this exhibition is by no means exhaustive, but it does present an essential representation of the trends and waves that were either born through or integrated into Dutch art from the 1980s onward.»