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Art is a fundamental aspect of the Costa Navarino experience. Original works of the 17th-19th centuries, along with the creations of contemporary Greek and international artists, form an integral part of the interior designs of the hotels, restaurants, The Dunes Golf Club, Anazoe Spa and the House of Events. These rare works of the 17th-19th c. complement pieces by young artists inspired not only by local nature but also the projects undertaken at the destination to protect and enhance the environment.
Guided tours of the Costa Navarino art collection are available daily upon request.
17th-19th century artworks & artifacts
A collection of fascinating heirlooms of the Peloponnese, particularly from the wider area of Messinia, is displayed at Navarino Dunes, Costa Navarino. The collection comprises maps, engravings, artworks, weapons from the Greek War of Independence and rare books dating to the 17th-19th centuries. Among the most valuable works are 24 paintings by Panagiotis Zografos, commissioned by General Makrygiannis in the 1830s. These works, four sets of copies of which were made in watercolors on cardboard in 1926, depict events – mainly battle scenes – from the epic independence struggle.
Contemporary works by acclaimed Greek artists, including Antonis Donef, Marianna Gioka and Panos Tsagaris, are displayed in many of the communal areas of Navarino Dunes. While works by photographer Stratos Kalafatis from his ‘Archipelagos’ exhibition adorn the walls of Anazoe Spa. The deep respect for the environment which lies at the heart of Costa Navarino’s philosophy is frequently reflected in the works of these artists.
Works by prominent foreign artists, selected by London-based MKV Design which undertook the interior architecture and design at Navarino Dunes, adorn many communal areas. Paintings, photographs and sculptures by artists such as James Elliot, John Douglas, Dominic Harris, Louise Lawton, Martha Winter, Peter Defty, Martin & Dowling, Josiane York and Eleonore Pironneau.
Artists inspired by Costa Navarino
Young contemporary artists present their work at Costa Navarino, under the curatorship of art historian Anna Hatzinassiou. Each artist focuses on the unique aspects of the wider region of Messinia, inspired not only by its vibrant, unspoiled landscape but also by the practices adopted and the major projects undertaken at Costa Navarino to protect and preserve the environment. It is this deep appreciation for the natural environment that lies at the heart of Costa Navarino's philosophy. Artists such as Panos Kokkinias, Nikos Varytimiadis, Iannis Ganas and George Kordakis – expressing themselves through a variety of visual media, including painting, photography, in situ creations and murals – have created works imbued with love and respect for the environment. Most importantly, these artworks touch upon issues such as man’s domination of, alienation from and reconciliation with nature. Inspired by the wide-ranging programs undertaken by TEMES to preserve the important natural habitats of the region and maintain biodiversity, the works by these artists speak of the urgent need for man to protect the landscape of Messinia.
Costa Navarino: Engaging Art - a contemporary art platform. This year’s exhibition is entitled “60 picks per minute”. Curated by the conceptual artist Dimitrios Antonitsis and lasting until the beginning of October, four in-residence artists present in turn their work in solo exhibitions. Main point of this art concept is, that the artists Dimitrios Antonitsis, Jeffrey Apoian, Konstantinos Ladianos and Dionisis Christofilogiannis, interact with guests and dynamically engage them in the creative process of their new work being created during in situ workshops. The exhibition brings to life this dynamic interaction of artwork amidst a stunning environment and a key element is how two very distinct practices, contemporary art and traditional handicraft, are interwoven and bring to life this unique combination.