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June 05, 2013

Art Fills Costa Navarino

By Nell McShane Wulfhart | Art

Art Fills Costa Navarino
Courtesy of Costa Navarino

In a bid to brand the Mediterranean resort destination Costa Navarino as an up-and-coming place for artists and art enthusiasts, local developers are launching a new contemporary art platform called Costa Navarino: Engaging Art. The project kicks off on June 8 with an exhibit curated by conceptual artist Dimitrios Antonitsis.

The permanent exhibition space will reside in the Westin Resort, which is one of the area’s two luxury hotels. Artists in residence, whose work will be on display for about a month each, will be on hand in the evenings to explain their creations to guests and prepare new artwork on-site—a dynamic, creative process in which visitors are encouraged to participate. The debut exhibition, “60 Picks Per Minute” (through October 6), features four well-known artists whose work blends contemporary art with traditional handicraft. For the artists, exhibiting pieces in a hotel is a novel move. “I like the challenge of curating exhibits outside the white box of gallery aesthetics,” says Antonitsis. “Activating creative experiences for leisure-class travelers is the next frontier.”

Engaging Art has a solid foundation to build upon; Peloponnesian heirlooms, contemporary Greek art and original works from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries are on display throughout Costa Navarino’s hotels, restaurants, golf clubs and spas. The ultimate aim, though, is to create a meeting place for artists and collectors on the unspoiled section of the southern Peloponnese coast—an idea as idyllic as they come. Navarino Dunes, Messinia; 30-272/309-5000; costanavarino.com.