CULTURE

Museum gets new artworks

Art Athina, the annual, contemporary art fair that ended a week ago, initiated a new project that, if continued, will help the National Museum of Contemporary Art enrich its permanent collection. The project involves the purchase of one or more artworks chosen from those exhibited at the art fair and donated to the museum. New acquisitions A seven-member committee, consisting of the museum’s director, Anna Kafetsi, and Greek art collectors, made the selection this year. The three works that were purchased are: «Waterfall,» a round painting on acrylic by Greek artist Alexandros Psychoulis; «NO, Illness is neither Here nor There,» which is a full-wall mixed-media collage by the Lebanese Atlas Group; and «Portugal 2,» a photograph by American artist Spencer Tunick. (The three galleries that represented each work are, respectively, a.antonopoulou.art in Athens, Gallery Reynolds in London, and New York’s Gallery I-20.) Cultural event These purchases were the culmination of an event that, besides its commercial role, is also aimed at providing the Greek public with exposure to recent trends in contemporary art and is targeting a greater role on the Greek visual arts scene. The funds for the purchase were made available by Bombay Sapphire-Bacardi Hellas, which was Art Athina’s major sponsor.