It’s hard, but try to imagine that you’ve never laid eyes on Athens. Now imagine an exhibition in which artists from around the world were invited to create their own images of our Athens; there was just one condition: that they’d never seen it!
That was the challenge laid down by “Strange Cities”, for which the OCC, in collaboration with the team of curators from London’s Double Decker, carefully chose a team of visual artists from around the world.
Providing just an ‘inspiration box’ by way of help -containing a recipe, a scent, a poem, a book and recordings of the sounds and music of the city- the show seeks to arouse the curiosity and activate the imagination of artists and visitors alike.
What did the words, sounds and tastes reveal? What routes did an unseen Athens lead the artists down? What seeds did this strange and unseen city with its unparalleled history and unique myths plant in their imaginations?
Eva Roovers, Photographer (The Netherlands)
Adam Dix, Painter (UK)
Alexander Egger, Graphic Artist (Germany)
Amy Friend, Photographer (Canada)
Ekta / Daniel Götesson, Artist (Sweden)
Jesse Treece, Collage Artist (USA)
Kako, Illustration Artist (Brazil)
Michael Mann, Photographer (Germany)
Peter Judson, Illustration Artist (UK)
Thomas Robson, Graphic Artist (UK)
John Diebel, Collage Artist (USA)
Jarmila Mitríková & David Demjanovic, Fine Artists (Czech Republic)
Emma Löfström, Artist (Sweden)
Kit Miles, Print / Textile Artist (UK)
Angela Moore, Photographer (UK)
Seb Jarnot, Graphic & Illustration Artist (France)
Tom Radclyffe, Illustration & Graphic Artist (UK)
Craig Redman & Karl Maier, Graphic Artists (UK / USA)
Fernanda Rappa, Photographer & Installation Artist (Brazil)
Joris Vandecatseye, Photographer (Belgium)
Ryan Russo, Sculptor (USA)
Amana (Kazuhiro Hashimoto), Digital Artist Collective (Japan)
Eva Stenram, Photographer (Sweden)
Communication & Marketing Department, Onassis Cultural Centre-Athens
Double Decker (Wilhelm Finger, Melita Skamnaki)
Exhibition Design & Supervision:
(Sotiris Hainis, Vana Krimnioti)
Special thanks to Ké for the copyright assignment of the song Strange World
Μusic at the opening event by:
Indoor scent sponsor:
UBER taxi offers one free ride (worth up to 20€) to the visitors of the “Strange Cities: Athens” exhibition, to/from the Diplareios school building (3, Theatrou sq., Athens centre), every day, 12:00-21:00, until 28 June 2015.
Valid only for new UBER platform subscribers (click here to subscribe) who will redeem the “STRANGECITIES” code.
Invisible routes: Get to know Athens in the company of a vendor of Schedia
, Athens' street paper.
The OCC and the Onassis Foundation have joined forced once again with Schedia
, Athens' street paper, this time to arrange guided tours of downtown Athens led by Athenians who are or have been homeless. The tours are just one of many events that are to be staged in parallel with the Strange Cities: Athens
exhibition. A city tour with a difference in the context of Strange Cities: Athens
, an experience rooted in the vendors' life on the streets.
Every Sunday from 26 April to 28 June 2015 | 13:00-15:00 | Price: 6 €
Duration: roughly two hours | Starting point: Diplareios School
for more information
Make your own street food
Workshop led by the chef Vasilis Kallidis.
Friday 8 May 2015 | 20:00 | Price: 7 €
Party Athens Voice
Saturday 9 May 2015 | Starts at 21:00 | Entry: 10 € with one drink
Diplareios School | Basement
Strange Itineraries: Athens through the eyes of 19th century European travellers
Want to see where they planted tomatoes for the first time in Athens? Which is the oldest building still in use in the city? Where the different neighbourhoods had their hamams during the period of Turkish rule? Follow in the footsteps of the travellers who visited Athens in the 19th century in association with Big Olive
Every Thursday and every Saturday from 9 May to 27 June 2015 | 18:00-20:00 | Price: 6 € | Tours in English and in Greek.
Groups will consist of no more than 15 and no fewer than 5 people.
Starting point: Diplareios School
Finishing point: Onassis Foundation, Dionysiou Areopagitou
Rehabitations: Living in the same city, we’re all neighbours
Imagine your home, but different. An action by the Onassis Foundation Scholars. Panagiotis Tournikiotis, who teaches in the Faculty of Architecture at the National Technical University of Athens, Myrto Kourti, Io Paschou, Pavlina Spandoni and other recipients of architecture scholarships offer their personal advice on your personal space.
Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 May 2015 | 10:00-20:00 | Free admission
Glow in the dark
Glow in the dark! A silkscreen workshop for kids and adults from the TIND team. Using dyes that glow in the city night, we’ll print on old city maps and posters.
Friday 22 May 2015 | 19:00-22:00
And yet Athens is still animated
Animation workshop with Babis Alexiadis for children aged 7-14 and their parents.
Τhe weekends of June 6-7, 13-14, 20-21 2015 | 12:00-14:00 | Free admission | Every child has to be accompanied by one adult
What did you think of Athens, Your Excellency?
Hear ambassadors "appointed" to Athens from other nations speak about their experience of the Greek capital.
Tuesday 26 May 2015 | 19:00
The Travellers' Athens: "The journey to Athens: Fiction, inspiration, reality"
A discussion about the travellers who visited Athens and wrote about their stay in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Chaired by Maria Georgopoulou, Director of the Gennadius Library.
Thursday 28 May 2015 | 19:00
Stray Cities: An afternoon dedicated to stray animals
Positive animal trainers, vets, representatives of the animal welfare movement and everyday heroes share their knowledge and experience to allow the people and stray animals of Athens to live together better.
In association with the Panhellenic Animal Welfare Federation.
For safety reasons, pets won’t be allowed inside the venue.
Following the event, there will be a provender lottery, offered by Royal Canin.
Wednesday 3 June 2015 | 18:00-21:00
Bizarre teenage cities
Workshop in which the artist Zafos Xagoraris, the educator Magda Dasakli, the journalist Argyro Bozoni, the artist Natasa Biza and the director Aimilia Milou explore the meaning of "strange" cities in collaboration with the Art Department of Kaminia High School. For all ages.
Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 June 2015 | 14:00-16:00
Playtime: Taking a fresh look at Athens
Different ways of capturing Athens. A workshop for young artists led by the photographer Dimitris Tsoublekas.
Saturday 6 and 13 June 2015 | 16:00-20:00 | Age guidance: 16+ | Free admission | Reservation is required
Exhibition of vintage and rare bicycles from another era.
Wednesday 10 to Tuesday 16 June 2015 | 12:00-21:00
Do you know how to use your bicycle correctly? Can you keep it in good repair? Advice and on-the-spot interventions from professionals.
Wednesday 10, Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 June 2015 | 19:30 | Free admission
"The city will follow you": Urban routes through Cavafy’s poetry
Alexandria is brought to life again and again in the work of C.P. Cavafy. In this workshop led by the author Christos Chrysopoulos and the architect Thanasis Manis, teenagers create an installation on their own Alexandria. See their work at the Diplareios School.
BIKE CITIES: Athens bike rides via the Strange Cities: Athens
An organized bike ride through Athens, starting at the Dionysiou Areopagitou pedestrian walkway.
Wendesday 10 to Tuesday 16 June 2015 | Daily: 18:00 | Weekend: 11:30 and 18:00 | Ride duration: roughly one hour
Meeting point: The start of Dionysiou Areopagitou (on Amalias Avenue) an the finishing at the Diplareios School, where a tour to the Strange Cities
exhibition will be held.
, until Tuesday 16 June 2015 | Participation on a first come, first served basis. (Please don't forget to include your: name/surname, phone number and preferable day and time)
The parallel events BIKE CITIES: Athens bike rides via the Strange Cities: Athens exhibition
, Bicycle workshop
and Strange bicycles
are supported by:
Open-air printmaking workshop. Create ink prints of city-centre manhole covers with graphic artist Giannis Karlopoulos and printmaker Ira Spagadorou. The workshop will take place in the vicinity of the Diplareios School. Participants will be producing their own print and are advised to bring old clothes with them and disposable gloves. The prints will be theirs to take home at the end of the workshop.
Thursday 25 June 2015 | 18:30 | Duration: roughly 90' | Free admission
Starting point: Diplareios School
to watch a video of the workshop