Art Space Pythagorion is housed in a former modernist hotel from the 1970s, which was repurposed as a contemporary art centre by architects Penny Petrakou and Stelios Loulourgas. The inaugural exhibition in 2012 was a solo exhibition of the influential filmmaker Harun Farocki (1944-2014).
With its unique location directly on the picturesque harbour of Pythagorion (the birthplace of Pythagoras), it offers a magnificent backdrop. However this "white cube" is also meant to be understood as a symbolic place: the view from the building looks out over the nearby Turkish mainland – just 1.2 km from Pythagorion – at the edges of Europe, and the border between East and West.
The Art Space is one of the main venues for the Schwarz Foundation's commitment on the island of Samos (one of the largest islands in Greece). The building complex includes 300 square metre exhibition space as well as accommodation for artists and curatorial fellows. Since the renovation, the Schwarz Foundation has also used the building for many different events directed towards the local community, thanks to the generous support of the municipality.
Every year the Schwarz Foundation organizes its flagship summer exhibition at the Art Space Pythagorion. Since 2016 the Foundation appointed Katerina Gregos as curator of its visual arts programme. Her programme has featured a string of exhibitions of socio-political relevance which takes into account both global issues and regional geopolitics. Previous exhibitions by Gregos include: 13,700,000 km3 (2019), Anatomy of Political Melancholy (2018) which traveled to the Athens Conservatoire (one of the main venues of Documenta 14) in 2019; Summer of Love: On the Unlikely Liaison between Love and Politics (2017), on the 50th anniversary of the 'Summer of Love' in San Francisco; A World Not Ours (2016) which explored problems of representation regarding the 2015-2016 refugee crisis in Europe, which played out on Samos's shores (in addition to three other neighbouring islands). Following its highly successful stint at Art Space Pythagorion, the exhibition travelled to the Kunsthalle Mulhouse where it was featured as part of Art Basel's institutional programme.
Previous summer exhibitions include: Hotel Marina Lucica by Aleksandra Domanović (2015), Borderline by Nevin Aladağ (2014), and Long Legged Linguistics by Slavs and Tatars (2013).
For photographic documentation of the conversion, completion and inauguration of the art space as well as impressions of the interior please have a look at our photographic gallery: gallery or facebook