Word of Mouth: Athens, Greece

Classic cuisine, contemporary cocktails, concept stores, modern art and more in the Greek capital

Athens is overflowing with ancient treasures and modern-day gems, with views of the Acropolis at almost every corner and a decidedly vibrant, contemporary vibe. Named for Athena, the goddess of wisdom and courage, the Greek capital buzzes with character, culture and creativity. From the historic hillside Plaka neighborhood to the Acropolis Museum, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center and striking views from Mount Lycabettus, there are countless …

Vanity Faith: Preachin’ Ain’t Easy

Design collective Greece Is For Lovers turns sacred symbols into satirical furnishings

by Ikechukwu Onyewuenyi The move to marry modernity with sacred symbols is gaining momentum in both religious and design circles. This dmarche has been a welcomed challenge for design collective Greece Is For Lovers (GIFL), as it calls for interpreting how religious manifestations can exist within popular culture without outright subversion. This conflict between subject matter and context is a prevalent theme in GIFL’s past …

The 18th Biennale of Sydney

Contemporary art takes over the Harbor City

by Alex Vitlin Since 1973 the Biennale of Sydney has presented an exciting three-month program of contemporary visual arts throughout the city. This year’s 18th Biennale of Sydney is built around the theme, “All Our Relations,” a deliberately rich phrase—does it refer to family? Diplomacy? Proximity of concept? The Biennale runs through three main venues—the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Art Gallery of NSW, and …