Athens

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Heritage

Acropolis forced to close amid unprecedented heatwave and wildfires in Greece

The birthplace of the Olympic Games is one of the many ancient sites at risk as record temperatures scorch country

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Art theft

Greek police recover Picasso and Mondrian paintings stolen nine years ago in major heist

Authorities have reportedly arrested a man after the paintings were found in a gorge

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Openings

Former tobacco factory in Athens reopens its doors as vast contemporary art space this week

Following a €1.2m renovation, the historic building will host an expansive group show on the pandemic

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Museums & Heritage

Greece completes long-awaited National Gallery revamp for Independence Day bicentenary

Greek culture minister promises €59m expansion will put the museum "on the map" ahead of public reopening

Interview
From the archive

From the archive | Louvre pyramid architect I.M. Pei on the church-like museum he designed for the Goulandris collection

In this 1994 interview, he reveals how he likes art to be displayed, such as natural lighting for Impressionists

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Museums & Heritage

Goulandris collection of Modern masterworks finally revealed in new Athens museum

Dream museum of collectors Basil and Elise Goulandris brought to life almost three decades after original proposal

Review
Documenta

Boom and bust in Kassel and Athens

Documenta 14 sets itself in opposition to neoliberalism and the art market — but will it pave the way to greater excess?

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National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens

Greek collector Dimitris Daskalopoulos aids Athens museum acquisitions

National Museum of Contemporary Art spends €50,000 on new works from Frieze

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Restitution

US collector returns artefacts to Greece

Shelby White restitutes a marble relief fragment and a bronze calyx krater, both from the fourth century BC

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Restitution

Missing Parthenon sculptures “A constant reminder of Britain’s unfulfilled debt to world heritage”?

New Acropolis Museum director Professor Dimitrios Pantermalis is calling on the British Museum to return its sculptures on long-term loan.

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Restitution

A short history of the Parthenon Marbles: Why restitution is not always the answer

A look at what happened to the sculptures from early Christian times to the 21st century, and the damage to those remaining after Lord Elgin bought the majority of them

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Publications

Scholarly discussion on the Parthenon frieze, Athenian archaeology, and funerary sculpture

Attic attitudes

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Collectors

Major Greek collector Dakis Joannou reveals ten years’ worth of buying for the first time in 'Everything That's Interesting is New'

Joannou's collection, which is particularly strong in installations and large scale work, can be seen in the Athens School of Fine Arts

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Private Museums

A major private museum of Impressionism and Greek art for Athens

Architect of the Louvre pyramid, I.M. Pei, is its designer

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Politics

Former Greek premier caught red-handed with illegal antiquities

Almost all Minoan antiquities assembled by former premier, Mr Mitsotakis, appear to have an illegal provenance.