Polina Kosmadaki

Polina Kosmadaki is an art historian living and working in Athens. She holds a Ph.D in Art History from the University of Paris-IV-Sorbonne. She is currently Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and Head of the Department of Paintings of the Benaki Museum, Athens and a Lecturer of Art History in the European Studies program of the Hellenic Open University. Since 2008 she is an associate researcher of the French School at Athens’ Modern Section, leading research projects on cultural exchanges between France and Greece, the editor and art critic Christian Zervos or the “ethnographic laboratories” of the period between the two World Wars. Her research interests lie in the avant-garde periodicals and exhibitions of the interwar period, the reception of Antiquity in contemporary art, institutional critique and exhibition history, the ethnographic turn of contemporary art, craft as critique. She has edited catalogues and contributed with articles and academic papers on modern and contemporary art in a number of journals and books. She has curated numerous exhibitions both for the Benaki Museum and as an independent curator: Robinson Crusoe stayed home; adventures of Design in times of Crisis (2020); Christian Zervos & Cahiers d’art, Benaki Museum, Musée Zervos Vézelay, École Francaise d‘Athènes 2019; Jannis Varelas, Anima I, Benaki Museum, 2019; Liquid Antiquity, DESTE & Benaki Museum 2017,  Ametria, Deste & Benaki Museum, 2015, George Lappas, Happy Birthday, Deste & Benaki Museum 2016 etc.