Art For Tomorrow
16-20 June 2022
Athens and Hydra, Greece plus free virtual event
In Association with
Art for Tomorrow: Seeking Impact
As the world undergoes unprecedented change, people are searching for meaning. By grappling with core societal issues, the arts can help define that meaning, frame it and inspire change.
Moderated by senior New York Times journalists, the world-class AFT program will bring together practitioners, experts and activists to explore the social impact of the arts. In addition, attendees will explore Athens’s eclectic artistic landscape, venturing into the city’s museums, galleries, performance spaces and artist studios to see the arts in action. Delegates can then move to the island of Hydra, and the opening of Jeff Koons’s project at the DESTE Foundation’s Slaughterhouse.
This year's speakers include artists, designers, museum directors and more.
2022 agenda highlights
The year 2021 was a landmark year for restitution. Artifacts long housed in museums in Germany, Belgium, the U.S. and France were returned to their African countries of origin. Meanwhile, Greece’s famed Parthenon marbles remain in Britain, with Boris Johnson insisting that it is up to the British Museum’s trustees, and not his government, to decide their fate.
This panel will take a hard look at some of the thorniest questions surrounding restitution issues: Who should be tasked with determining whether works have dubious origins? And what is the responsibility of governments and institutions in deciding whether those works should be returned?
More information to follow soon.
In the age of Extinction Rebellion, climate change is a rich subject for artists. At the same time, the industry hasn’t necessarily been praised for its sustainable practices, with globetrotting art fair-goers, and entire collections being flown from one exhibition to another. How should the art world address this implicit contradiction?
Part I: Panel: How Can and Should Practices Change?
Part II: Conversation: How Can Art Spur Action To Counter The Crisis?
More information to follow.
Small-group visits to 3 different artistic neighborhoods. (Lunch included.)
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