23.01.17

Grecotel Pallas Athena: The art boutique hotel with the Avant-Garde character

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls. Living for the last few years in one of Grecotel’s urban jewels located in the heart of Athens, avant-garde aspires to give shape to the words of one of its most brilliant representatives, Pablo Picasso, while drawing inspiration from daily life to fuel creativity with genuine emotion.

Beneath this noble aspiration lies what Grecotel Pallas Athena’s permanent art collection aims at: sharing with all art and life lovers an avant-garde art story, crafted with creativity, that has the power to inspire and trigger people’s emotion.

The pieces of this story can be found in each one of the eclectic artworks and objects constituting it – carefully selected by expert curators in order to represent all major trends of the avant-garde scene, thereby creating a living space that goes beyond the hotel’s main functionality, while offering extra food for thought and discussion.

The pieces of this story can be found in each one of the eclectic artworks and objects constituting it – carefully selected by expert curators in order to represent all major trends of the avant-garde scene, thereby creating a living space that goes beyond the hotel’s main functionality, while offering extra food for thought and discussion.

It’s high time we explored the most interesting among them:

  1. The Italian white vinyl “Joe” chair Created by the Italian designers Donato d’ Urbino, Gionatan de Pas and Paolo Lomazzi for Poltronova in 1970, the Joe chair owes its name and outsize baseball glove shaped to the baseball legend Joe DiMaggio. Unlike its very first edition that was just in leather and foam -in an attempt to make a splash by creating a classical piece of furniture following the trends of Pop Art-, the piece exhibited at Grecotel Palace Athena lobby is made of leather.
  2. Τaxidermy Zebra (Εquus Burchelli, the most common and spread zebra) Wishing to introduce audiences to the trend of taxidermy as art, one of the most emblematic forms in contemporary art in both medium and concept, this artwork features a southern breed of plain zebras embalmed and named after the British explorer and naturalist, William John Burchelli. The wild herds are thought to have disappeared by 1910 and the last known captive individual died in the Berlin Zoo in 1918.
  3. Painting of the so called Religious themes Created by the famous Greek painter Aggelos, the painting exhibited at Grecotel Pallas Athena is part of the so called Religious-themed era of the artist (1983-1990) that, along with the rest of his work, wishes to create an emotional and spiritual refuge that would open a path towards our inner salvation.
  4.  Mains au poisson (modern recreation) Originally created by Pablo Picasso in 1953, this piece is a Madoura round dish of red earthenware clay, deep engraving painted in engobes (white, russet, black). The artwork exhibited at Grecotel Pallas Athena is a modern recreation by Grecotel’s creative department, while the original one can be found at Grecotel Amirandes Exclusive resort, in Crete.
  5. Periodic exhibitions all year round At Grecotel, one exhibition is not able to quench our thirst for art – no matter how brilliant it may be. This genuine love led us to frame the permanent exhibition with periodic ones, taking place in Grecotel Pallas Athena throughout the year. So, when in Athens, come and share our common passion!