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The Art Scoop

The Art Scoop

This summer, the Greek islands are welcoming more visitors than ever. But there’s more to explore than life-affirming beaches, blue-domed chapels, and ancient ruins. Just as Athens is back in the spotlight as one of the world’s most creative cities, contemporary art is making an appearance all over the Aegean archipelago. Greek and international gallerists and curators are bringing emerging and established artists to the most unlikely —and enthralling — spaces: a haunting film about goats in a former slaughterhouse on Hydra; sculptures and sound works among archaeological treasures on Koufonissia; experimental performances in the thermal baths and volcanic crater of Nissyros; site-specific installations in the marble quarry of Tinos. Hardly surprising really, considering that the luminous light and raw beauty of the Greek islands have inspired artists for centuries. Here are our picks of the must-see exhibitions this summer.