Bia Papadopoulou

/biography

Born in Athens, Greece, in 1961, Bia Papadopoulou enrolled in 1978 at the

School of Fine Arts of Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, from where she received

a B.F.A. degree in 1982 with High Honors. She continued her studies at the

University of California, Berkeley, receiving a M.A. in Art History in 1984.

While at Berkeley, she worked as an educational assistant for the Juan

Gris retrospective exhibition which took place at the Berkeley University Art

Museum in 1983. Upon graduation, she followed the internship program of

the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in N.Y. and, at the same time, executed

research for the second edition of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection

handbook.


 

Returning permanently to Greece in 1984, she worked for the monthly

magazine Eikastika, the only magazine exclusively on art in her country at

that time, which she directed from 1985 to 1986. Since then, she has written

on art for Greek magazines, such as Epikaira, Eikones, Elle, La Mia Casa,

The Art Magazine, and others. She has also contributed reviews and articles

to the international art magazines Art News, Flash Art International, Art Press,

+-0, Art e Dossier, Next, Terzoochio.


 

In 1996 she began her curatorial work as a freelance curator with an

exhibition on the renowned Greek artist Yannis Gaitis. She has since curated

solo exhibitions for some of the most prominent Greek artists as well as group

exhibitions, the most important being The years of defiance: Art of the '70s

in Greece
(2005 - 2006), a production of the Athens National Museum of

Contemporary Art (EMST), with over 70 artists and more than 150 works.


 

In 2013 she curated the exhibition Greece in crisis, by the group of phasma2

photographers, a poignant statement on the current social and political

situation in the country. The show formed part of the 29th international Winter

Festival of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzrgovina, entiitled  Art of Touch, and was

awarded the Snowflake Award as one of the best shows of the Festival.

 

 

One of her latest exhibitions, the retrospective Christos Tzivelos-Modelling Phenomena, took place at the Benaki Museum, Pireos St., from December 2017 to February 2018 (co-curated by Christopher Marinos).

 

She is one of the 18 curators currently  participating in the exhibition "Theorimata", organised by AICA Hellas and held at EMST, Athens, until April 15, 2018.
 

From 1994 to 1996 and from 2012 to 2015 she was the General Secretary of AICA Hellas, the Greek section of the International Association of Art Critics. She was reelected General Secretary  in 2018.