Since its establishment, the George and Aristea Mamidakis Foundation has been supporting contemporary art and culture by coordinating and realising initiatives that promote artistic creativity,
research and experimentation.
The legacy of the G. & A. Mamidakis Foundation dates back to 1988, when the 1st Art Symposium was organised at Minos Beach art hotel, inviting 5 speakers and 32 artists, including Lynda Benglis, Vlassis Caniaris, Carlo Ciarli, Anish Kapoor, Joseph Kosuth, Eleni Mylonas, Dennis Oppenheim, Katia Roka and Costas Tsoklis among others. It laid the foundations for what is today the Sculpture Garden, which hosts more than 50 site specific works
on permanent display.
The success and renown of the 1st Art Symposium led to its repetition two years later. The 2nd Symposium, the theme of which was “A New Mediterranean Identity” invited 16 artists and 6 speakers. The Sculpture Garden was enriched with works by renowned contemporary artists, such as: Andrea Fogli, George Gyparakis, Serhat Kiraz, Rena Papaspyrou and Costas Varotsos among others.
The establishment of the G. & A. Mamidakis Foundation coincides with the organisation of the 3rd Art Symposium, the theme of which was “Art in Politics.” Among the invited speakers was Helene Glykatzi-Ahrweiler. Among the 17 invited artists were: Magdalena Abakanowicz, Klara Borbas, Boris Despodov, Dimitris Dokatzis, Ingrid Fragantoni, Malgorzata Koscielak, Angelos Skourtis and Marios Spiliopoulos.
Publication of “Discover the Unknown Crete”
Group exhibition “Riches of Cyprus”
Participating artists: Christos Petridis, George Kypris, Klitsa Antoniou, Maria Loizidou, Nikos Charalambidis, Nikos Kourousis, Theodoulos, Savvas Christodoulidis
June – October 1996
Curated by: Takis Mavrotas
Group exhibition “Chilean Art travels to Crete”
Solo exhibition “Mechanics 1978 – 2006” by Giannis Parmakelis
16 June – 30 September 2006
Curated by: Takis Mavrotas
Photography exhibition “Agios Nikolaos: Places and People in the 1960s” by Dimitris Papadimos, with accompanying exhibition catalogue
Curated by: Maria Stefosi
Publication “Art Collection 1993-2008”
Publication “Crete in Black and White”
Publication “Discover the Unknown Rhodes”
Establishment of Lovegreece.com
Commission for the site-specific installation “Sea to Shore Stories” by Kostas Ioannides
09.07.2016 – Permanent exhibition
Curated by: Katerina Gregou
BlueFest Crete 18 Festival
Commission for the site-specific installation “4 Cents: On Show for 500 Years” by Georgia Kotretsos
01.07.2018 – Permanent exhibition
Curated by: Sotiris Bahtsetzis
BlueFest Crete 19 Festival
Establishment of the G. & A. Mamidakis Foundation Art Prize – Theodoros Zafeiropoulos and Yorgos Rimenidis are jointly awarded the 1st GnAMF Art Prize for their collaborative site-specific installation
“Come with the Wind”
Ileana Arnaoutou and Ismene King are jointly awarded the 2nd G&A Mamidakis Foundation Art Prize for their work “Tender shell geophilia”