For the first time, the emblematic building of the former Public Tobacco Factory opens to the public as the new modern cultural space of Athens.
This exhibition, dedicated to the year of the 200th anniversary of the Greek revolution, is the result of the cooperation of the organization NEON with the Greek state.
The inauguration of the new cultural space started with the international exhibition of contemporary art Portals by participating 59 artists from 27 countries. This exhibition takes place in the renovated areas of the building: in the atrium, in the halls and lofts, in the baths, in the old customs, in the surrounding area, on the roof/facade of the building, and the Hill of Kolonos.
The new cultural space of 6,500 sq.m., will be an open meeting center which will facilitate the exchange of ideas. 59 artists from 27 countries will participate in the first international exhibition of contemporary art entitled “Portals”.
At the juncture of the national anniversary and the pandemic, the exhibition aspires to develop messages, ideas, and reflections of contemporary artistic creation, approaching the new reality formed through change and overthrow. The curators of this exhibition are Elina Kountouris, Director of NEON, and Madeleine Grynsztejn, Pritzker Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.