Kivotos Luxury Boutique Hotel has always stood out from the crowd offering a unique haven for cosmopolitan travellers right on the shores of Ornos Bay in Mykonos. As the first boutique hotel in Greece, Kivotos has always been a pioneer – offering something new for everyone, from the one-of-a-kind designs of every single room and suite at the hotel to the interior and exterior architecture of the public areas, restaurants, spa and pools, and the exceptional selection of historical furniture and artefacts. Art and the appreciation of beauty is woven into the very DNA of Kivotos Hotel, which is why we are proud to announce the return of the Kivotos Arts Projects for the fourth successive year at the hotel.
Showcasing Modern Greek Art in Mykonos
We believe in being so much more than just a hotel, which is why Kivotos provides a platform for contemporary artists in Greece by bringing the best of modern Greek culture and creativity to Ornos Bay, Mykonos. In partnership with the Aegeanale arts and culture program, Kivotos Arts Projects showcases the best of modern Greek art and up-and-coming new artists from the 18th May until October. Kivotos Luxury Boutique Hotel’s very own hotel art gallery, and the hotel itself is given over as an exhibition space for visual arts, music, events and performances that embody the unique character of Mykonos and the Cyclades. Previous artists exhibited at the hotel have included Michalis Katzourakis, Felix Delandre, Brigitte Polemis, Dimitris Rokos and Tula Ploumi to name but a few.
Kivotos Art Projects Exhibitions in Mykonos in 2016
This year, the 2016 Kivotos Art Projects will open with a solo exhibition by Sofia Housou. Sofia has appeared at the Kivotos Art Projects in previous years, and this year her post-abstract expressionist pieces will be curated by the skilled Dr. Sozita Goudouna (teaching associate at New York University, and Andrew Mellon Curatorial Fellow at Performa Institute New York). Sofia Housou’s work will be displayed and available for sale in the Kivotos Hotel Art Gallery, as well as the hotel’s public areas and even the rooms themselves. In keeping with the all-encompassing approach to art and visual splendour at Kivotos Hotel, a selection of interior design accessories such as lamps will be on display throughout the hotel and rooms, all supplied by Sofia Housou’s own design company ‘Anima Objects’. Also returning to Kivotos Art Projects with a solo exhibition this year is Maria Fragoudaki, originally from Athens but now based in New York. Maria is a multidisciplinary artist whose work spans a variety of mediums including painting, sculpture, and performance, as well as using a selection of mixed media. She is influenced by the 1960s Process Art movement.
Artists in Residence at Kivotos Hotel in 2016
As well as exhibitions and performances, Kivotos Arts Projects brings a unique new event to the hotel holiday experience in Mykonos for summer 2016. Through the Kivotos Artists in Residence program, two internationally renowned artists will descend on Kivotos Luxury Boutique Hotel and practice their works. Mischa Milovanovich, a painter and sculptor from Belgrade and now living in London, and Christopher Beckman, also a painter and sculptor, but hailing from America, will both take up residence in the hotel for one month. For the duration of their stay these artists will sculpt and craft pieces, working in the hotel’s carpentry and whichever areas of the building inspire them. They will work mainly with old wood, drawing inspiration from the history and architecture of Mykonos and the neighbouring island of Delos. Our lucky hotel guests will have the opportunity to speak with the artists while they work, and learn all about their methods. Proceeds from the sale of the unique pieces created by the artists through the residency program will be donated to preservation efforts on Delos island, fulfilling the Kivotos Hotel’s goal to care for the history and heritage of the Cyclades islands and help safeguard the antiquities of Delos for future generations.
Traditional Lacework in Mykonos
As well as the resident artists, guests at Kivotos Luxury Boutique Hotel this summer have the privilege of experiencing one of Mykonos’ finest artwork traditions first hand. The 19th century saw the peak of laceworking art in Mykonos, with famous intricate designs like τούλι (sheer), το αζούρ (hemstitch), μπιμπίλα ή ούγια (selvedge), το δίχτυ ή φιλέ (net) and το βελονάκι (needlepoint crochet) to name just a few. “The Lace of Mykonos” program aims to resurrect this fine period of Mykonos’ artistic history by displaying ornate pieces of traditionally woven lacework for sale in the Kivotos Hotel reception area. Guests can even watch the women of Mykonos knitting and embroidering at the Hotel, catching a rare glimpse into the island’s history. The program is partnered with the Cultural and Folklore Association of Women of Mykonos and the Mykonos Folklore Museum.
See Art, History and Culture Unite at Mykonos’ Premier Luxury Boutique Hotel
This summer promises to be an exciting feast for the stylish art aficionados visiting our corner of Ornos Bay, Mykonos. Through the Kivotos Arts Program guests can see new artworks and performances that bring together the best of what modern Greece and the cosmopolitan island of Mykonos has to offer. More than that though, the Kivotos Arts Program marries the modern with the historic, and celebrates the fine history and heritage of the beautiful island of Mykonos, whilst at the same time seeking to give something back to the very island and community to which we owe so much. We look forward to welcoming you to Kivotos Luxury Boutique Hotel this summer so you can experience the majestic blend of art, culture and history for yourself.