59 artists from 27 countries | Ηellenic Parliament + NEON

11/06/2021 - 31/12/2021

former Public Tobacco Factory - Hellenic Parliament Library and Printing House | Photograph © George Charisis | Courtesy NEON and the Hellenic Parliament
Sonia Gomes | Magia, 2014 | Courtesy the artist and Mendes Wood DM São Paulo, Brussels, New York / © the artist
Adam Pendleton | Our Ideas #2, 2018 | Photograph courtesy Pendleton Studio | © Adam Pendleton, courtesy Pace Gallery
Apostolos Georgiou | Untitled, 2020 | Courtesy the artist and Rodeo, London / Piraeus | Photograph Stathis Mamalakis



11/06/2021 - 31/12/2021

former Public Tobacco Factory - Hellenic Parliament Library and Printing House

A collaboration between the Hellenic Parliament and ΝΕΟΝ

Curated by Elina Kountouri, Director, ΝΕΟΝ and Madeleine Grynsztejn, Pritzker Director, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Organised by NEON

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59 artists from 27 countries including 15 new site-specific works commissioned by NEON will be featured in the group exhibition Portals, opening on 11 June in the renovated spaces of the former Public Tobacco Factory – Hellenic Parliament Library & Printing House, as part of the collaboration between the Hellenic Parliament and NEON.

The timing is highly appropriate, as we commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Greek War of Independence, while at the same time countries and societies all over the world are reeling from the pandemic. Within this framework, Portals aspires to convey the messages, ideas and visions of contemporary artistic creation, investigating the new reality revealed through the prism of change and disruption. The exhibition is curated by Elina Kountouri, Director of NEON, and Madeleine Grynsztejn, Pritzker Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

The exhibition takes place in the NEON-renovated building of the former Public Tobacco Factory, which emerges as a modern cultural hub, open to all. In this space, artists from both Greece and across the world express the pluralism of ideas and address the concept of the collective and our cultural understanding of history and politics, public space and our communal past, present and future.

The exhibition is inspired by an article from 2020 by the novelist Arundhati Roy, on the Financial Times on 3 April 2020, who sees the pandemic as a “portal, a gateway between one world and the next”. Acknowledging that the rupture created by the pandemic individually and collectively opens a portal, it is up to us to negotiate our transition through it.

The exhibition explores contemporary reality and pays tribute to a world in need of healing and unity. 

Participating Artists

Nikos Alexiou, El Anatsui, Dimitrios Antonitsis, Kutluğ Ataman, Kostas Bassanos, Vlassis Caniaris, Joana Choumali, Anastasia Douka, Eirene Efstathiou, Brendan Fernandes, Apostolos Georgiou, Jeffrey Gibson, Robert Gober, Vangelis Gokas, Sonia Gomes, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Shilpa Gupta, Elif Kamisli, Kapwani Kiwanga, Panos Kokkinias, Chrysanthi Koumianaki, Jannis Kounellis, Louise Lawler, Glenn Ligon, Liliane Lijn, Maria Loizidou, Tala Madani, Teresa Margolles, Steve McQueen, Sidsel Meineche Hansen, Marisa Merz, Ad Minoliti, Alex Mylona, Nikos Navridis, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Duro Olowu, Maria Papadimitriou, Dimitris Papaioannou, Cornelia Parker, Adam Pendleton, Solange Pessoa, Francis Picabia, Gala Porras-Kim, Michael Rakowitz, Ed Ruscha, Dana Schutz, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Elias Sime, Christiana Soulou, Do Ho Suh, Anna Tsouhlarakis, Alexandros Tzannis, Adriana Varejão, Erika Verzutti, Adrián Villar Rojas , Danh Võ, Daphne Wright, Myrto Xanthopoulou, Billie Zangewa.

The new commissions are by artists: Anastasia Douka, Brendan Fernandes, Elif Kamisli, Panos Kokkinias, Chrysanthi Koumianaki, Glenn Ligon, Maria Loizidou, Teresa Margolles, Ad Minoliti, Duro Olowu, Gala Porras-Kim, Michael Rakowitz, Alexandros Tzannis, Adrián Villar Rojas and Danh Võ.

former Public Tobacco Factory
Hellenic Parliament Library and Printing House
218 Lenorman St.
104 43, Athens

former Public Tobacco Factory