|Santorini Culture & Tradition
Churches & Religion
|santorini churches, greek orthodox easter, religious
calendars and festivals, greek namedays, recipes ...
| Museums in
|archaeological museum, prehistoric museum, megaro
gyzi museum, naval museum, george emmanuel argyros mansion,
lignos folklore museum ...
|petros m. nomikos conference center, thera wall
paintings, art space argyros canava exhibition, 'vanishing santorini'
|akrotiri excavations, ancient thira ...
Santorini & The Aegean
|photographic exhibition from the book 'Images
of an enchanted land' by Robert A. McCabe illustrating Santorini
between the years of 1954-1965, held at nomikos conference center
|Art Space Argyros Canava :
Art Space Exhibition is housed
in an old Santorini cave house wine cellar and old wine
distillery in Exo Gonia. A harmonious coexistence of
history and the tradition of winemaking, it marries
the Art of Yesterday with the Art of Today.
Art Space, a Cultural Center for Contemporary Art,
started out with one dream; to protect history, save
tradition and promote Art. The visitor of Art Space
has the opportunity to choose among significant works
of art by Greek as well as foreign artists, and to buy
wines produced at the winery.
| Art Space did not start out
with the common ambitions of a Gallery. Nor did it follow
the safe path of a typical Museum. Most important of all,
it has not stopped the production of wine and tsikoudia
The earthquake in 1956 and
the urbanism that followed it led the island to desertion.
The old estate gave in to time, while tourism induced
The space gave off such an evocative simplicity that
all choices looked self-evident. The traces of the past
had to be preserved, as they were an invaluable bequest
for the future. The decision was to combine both in
an original way. The wine would continue to be wafting
through the space with its aroma. The marcs would continue
to be distilled in the old distillery. The old tools
remained in their place to remind the visitor of the
old craftsmanship. Everything is as it used to be but
with a sense of continuity.
In 1999, Art Space was ready to sail on its new route.
Antonios Argyros of Nikolaos renovated the place with
total respect to its original form. The Winery went
back to operation and it "set sail" for a
More than 250 top Greek and foreign artists entrusted
it with their works and the underground areas were inundated
with colour and artistic figures. Thousands of visitors
have come through its heavy doors to come across a Santorini
that does not rest in the glory of its unique beauty,
or in the self-complacency of its past; a Santorini
that inspires artists and, at the same time, hosts Art
in all its forms.
| There are buses leaving for
Kamari from Fira the capital via Messaria village. You
will find the exhibition on the road to Kamari on the
right hand side. Look for the signpost.
(Alternatively, if you are staying in Kamari, the return
bus to Fira will also drop you off. Ask for Exo Gonia
|Exo Gonia Santorini 847 00 Greece
|Open every day 11.00 until sunset