Our History

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.

Important milestones in our History
  • 1988

    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.

  • 1990

    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.

  • 1993

    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.

  • 1993

    Publication of “Discover the Unknown Crete”

  • 1996

    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

  • 1999

    Group exhibition “Chilean Art travels to Crete”

    Summer 1999

  • 2006

    Solo exhibition “Mechanics 1978 – 2006” by Giannis Parmakelis

    16 June – 30 September 2006

    Curated by: Takis Mavrotas

  • 2007

    Photography exhibition “Agios Nikolaos: Places and People in the 1960s” by Dimitris Papadimos, with accompanying exhibition catalogue

    Summer 2007

    Curated by: Maria Stefosi

  • 2008

    Publication “Art Collection 1993-2008”

  • 2011

    Publication “Crete in Black and White”

  • 2012

    Publication “Discover the Unknown Rhodes”

  • 2013

    Establishment of Lovegreece.com

  • 2016

    Commission for the site-specific installation “Sea to Shore Stories” by Kostas Ioannides

    09.07.2016 – Permanent exhibition

    Curated by: Katerina Gregou

  • 2018

    BlueFest Crete 18 Festival

  • 2018

    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

  • 2019

    BlueFest Crete 19 Festival

  • 2019

    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”

  • 2022

    Ileana Arnaoutou and Ismene King are jointly awarded the 2nd G&A Mamidakis Foundation Art Prize for their work “Tender shell geophilia”

  • 2022

    Inauguration of our Residency Program, under the theme of “Care: Economies of Eudaimonia”, with 9 fellows and 6 invited speakers


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Τ.Κ. 10678, Αθήνα
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