Island Hopping in Greece? Check Out the Best Art Shows in 2017

There are many unexpected ways to pass the time on your Grecian vacation while you are island hopping. One way to enjoy yourself and see new places is to go to where the modern art shows are. Let’s take a look at some of the places where you can go to check out modern art as well as some beautiful islands!

Anafi
This lesser known island which is considered one of the more remote islands in the Cyclades with only 270 inhabitants and it was used as an exile outpost from ancient Roman times.

On Anafi you will find the biennial project “Phenomenon” which took place this summer in July. The project is a residency and exhibition organized by Parisian collectors Piergiorgio Pepe and Iordanis Kerenidis. The program ran through July 16 and you will still find relics left behind or returned such as: Mario García Torres’s Once remembered is a postcard, now for sale in local shops, depicting an ancient statue taken from the island and exhibited in the Louvre. Julien Nédélec has painted a giant Z on a building as a tribute to the letter that disappeared from the Roman alphabet for two centuries.

Tinos
This island was once home to the late sculptor Yannoulis Chalepas, whose house is now a museum, every year since 2015, the artist-run Tinos Quarry Platform hosts several artists in the village of Isternia. This year’s “Reassembly” highlights “the restricted movement of our paranoid era through immaterial artworks that employ musical notation and are digitally portable,” wrote artnet.com. The show runs from July 5 to October 31.

Meanwhile, while on your visit to Tinos, an island known as a Christian pilgrimage, you will be enchanted by the island, its people and the magnificent Evangelistria Church.

Nisyros
Nisyros is a magical gem located in the Aegean. The island is part of the Dodecanese group of islands, situated between Kos and Tilos and has an active volcano which is also the youngest volcano in Greece. Nisyros offers untouched villages, quiet beaches, hot springs and ancient walls of black volcanic stone. This island is also home to the Sterna Art Project, a residency program run by artist Greg Haji Ioannides.

“Living in a crater provokes strong emotions, feelings, thoughts—offering great ground to create,” Haji said, according to artnet.com. “I wanted to share this with artists from around the world and see how each responds to this extraordinary environment.” This year’s project is called “Paradoxically Paradox,” and will be running from July 30 until August 25. Also worth checking out is a violin performance by Michalis Hazoglou in the medieval Castle of Emporeios, taking place on July 27.