Tour 3

Art Tour documenta 14 Athens

Documenta is one of the world’s most significant series of exhibitions for contemporary art and takes place every five years in Kassel, Germany. For the very first time the Documenta opening reception will be held in two cities; Kassel, and in  a second location: Athens, Greece! Additionally, the Athens events will begin before the Kassel opening! What does that mean? And why Athens? This and many other questions will be the subject of this art tour of Athens.

In 2014, when the selection committee appointed Adam Szymczyk (former director of Kunsthalle Basel) as the director of Documenta 14, no one imagined Athens would play a prominent role. Titled Learning from Athens, Documenta 14 programs and events will not be about the study and analysis of the ancient past. The programs and exhibitions of Learning from Athens will be more about the contemporary socio-economic crisis, migration flows and the examination of European and global interrelations.
ART TOUR documenta 14 ATHENS is an extraordinary opportunity for participants to experience both the ancient and contemporary city of Athens on a much more in-depth level than the average tourist – and thereby embrace the significance of this city in the landscape of Western cultural history. We will visit Documenta 14 venues and other important art institutions, exchange ideas with local artists and curators and discover the many unique places of Athens.


Saturday, May 20, 2017 through Friday, May 26, 2017
Including visit of Art Athina 2017 fair

Reserve the right to make changes

Day 1: Welcome to Athens 
Individual arrival in Athens and The Zillers Boutique Hotel (or any other hotel of your choice).  
*Early evening welcome drinks and briefing of the tour on the roof terrace of The Zillers Boutique Hotel. Joint dinner in the old city of Athens, just below the Acropolis of Athens (Plaka, 15 minutes walk). The Athenian artist Manolis Anastasakos will join us and talk about his projects. 

Day 2: documenta 14 (Part 1) 
After breakfast we take the Metro to one of the main venues of the documenta 14. The national museum for contemporary art (EMST) is located at the edge of the old city and used to be the brewing house of the beer FIX. Lunch after the documenta 14 in the nearby trendy area Koukaki and then walk to the hotel through the Plaka via the picturesque Apostolou Pavlou Street (or by Metro). 
*Evening cocktails in the hip Romantso Bar (where regularly art shows are presented) and then dinner in the nearby area.  

Day 3: Benaki Pireos Museum 
Pick-up at the hotel by the tour bus and transfer to the Benaki Pireos Museum in the morning. The Benaki is one of the most acknowledged art and cultural institutions in Greece and is housed in several buildings – the new Pireos building stands for the development of the whole Gazi area. We follow the old Ermou Street, pass by the Keramikos excavations and arrive at the Thission. The archaeologist O.S. accompanies us on this stroll and explains us why these ancient remains constitute such an importance for the Athenians. The rest of the afternoon is free. 

Day 4: Acropolis Museum | Plaka 
After a short walk to Omonia Square we take the Metro to the Acropolis Museum. A few years ago Swiss architect Bernard Tschumi constructed this spectacular building which now houses the Acropolis artifacts. Guided tour through the exhibition by a licensed guide. After the museum we have a walk through the Plaka and have lunch in the Psirri area with a prominent street artist. Cacao Rocks will guide us afterwards through the quarter and will show why Athens is the new Berlin. Studio visit included. 
*Free Evening 

Day 5: documenta 14 (Part 2) | Art Athina 
By Metro to the documenta venue Parko Eleftherias (according to the time required we may visit another documenta venue). Lunch in the nearby Kolonaki area. Visit of the Fair Art Athina. 
*Evening starts with a visit of the well-known foundation TAF Metamatic + FLUX LAB (including an introduction by the curator). Then drinks at the trendy TAF-Bar. Dinner in the Psirri area (by foot) with the curator of the TAF. 

Day 6: Benaki | Cycladic | Niarchos 
Our tour starts with a bus transfer to the Kolonaki area where we visit the Benaki Museum (main building) and then the Cycladic Museum which presents the anniversary exhibition of the well known DESTE Foundation. Lunch together in a classic restaurant of Kolonaki (proper lunch is recommended since dinner will be a late-night-drink/snack only due to the ballet evening). Optional trip to the nearby top of Lycabettus hill (by cable car) where we enjoy a stunning view over the whole city. On foot down to the city center (passing by the neo-classical buildings of the Academy/University/Library) and back to the hotel.  
*Early evening transfer by bus to the brand new Opera of Athens (donated by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and built by Renzo Piano): 90 minute guided tour through the complex including the new opera, new National Library, exhibition spaces and park area). The evening ends with late night drinks nearby the hotel – if the weather permits on one of the many rooftop bars with Acropolis view. 

Day 7: Athens | Departure | Extension 
Farewell breakfast and individual tour of the city before departure. 

Services included

Tour guide Jordanis Theodoridis in English / German
Guided tour through the Acropolis Museum 
Guided tour through the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center 
All entry fees to the respective museums and venues 
All transfers by bus Metro-Tickets 
Welcome cocktail reception 

Price: CHF 650 / USD $650 per person 
Minimum number of participants: 8 
As soon as the minimum number is reached I will notify the participants so that they can proceed with their individual flight and hotel booking – the sooner the better. 
A cancellation of the 'Art Tour documenta 14 Athens' after confirmation and payment is not possible. 


Not included: 
All meals and beverages Accommodation in Athens 
Flight to Athens 

Travel recommendations: 
Hotel: The Zillers Boutique Hotel Athens, Mitropoleos 54, Athen, Greece
Hotel: Dorian Inn Hotel, Pireos 15-19, Athens, Greece
Hotel: Fresh Hotel, Sofokleous 26, Athens, Greece, 
The hotels are located in the city center.
Metro: Syntagma, Omonia or Monastiraki. 

Flight: Swiss and Aegean have several flights per day from Zurich to Athens. Flights from New York to Athens are approx. CHF 800 / USD $800.  
There is a Metro that runs from the airport Eleft. Venizelos to the city center. 

The booking of the flight and the hotel is carried out independently by the participants. 

The tours begin every morning at 10.30 am in The Zillers Boutique Hotel Athens with a little introduction by Jordanis Theodoridis. 

Lunch is scheduled as a smaller meal, whereas dinner is the main meal. All selected restaurants are medium-priced and serve urban-Greek food. Feel free to join (the price for a dinner meal, including beverages, is about USD $40/person). 

Single parts of the tour may be omitted. However, the 'Art Tour documenta 14 Athens' can be booked only as a whole. 

The tour will be in German or English. Artists/curators speak Greek or English. 

You may want to participate in the Documenta 14 installation 'The Parthenon of Books': 

Additional tour dates to Documenta 14 Athens (TBC) 
Please check our website (Athens) or contact Jordanis Theodoridis directly 
June 5–10, 2017 (just before Basel Art Week, you may join us at the photo-basel fair after Athens) 
July 9–15, 2017 (last week of documenta 14 Athens; including Athens&Epidaurus Festival) 

Tour guide: Jordanis Theodoridis 
In the last ten years as managing director of the Swiss gallery widmertheodoridis, I have developed extensive professional networks in the gallery business. By presenting more than sixty exhibitions and more than twenty national and international art fairs I have gained a sound knowledge of the contemporary art market. On behalf of widmertheodoridis I have developed art tours, presentations and art education workshops. I travel to Greece four to six times a year to visit my family and friends – I am a native Greek speaker. Since 2015 widmertheodoridis has been doing business in Greece and can rely on a extensive network of contacts with local artists, galleries, museums and curators.


copyright images:  
EMST – George Messaritakis  
Plaka travel book – Iraklis Milas
Acropolis Museum –