Hydra Workshop Contemporary Artists Exhibition Space in Hydra Island Greece


Hydra Island Greece is home to the Hydra Workshop Exhibition Art Space founded in 1999 by the art collector and benefactress, Mrs Pauline Karpidas.


The workshop annually showcases the work of both established as well as up and coming contemporary artists from around the world.


Jamian Juliano-Villani


23 July – mid September 2016


Opening Party: July 22, 7pm


Opening hours: 10:30am - 1:30pm and 5pm - 9pm


The exhibition at Hydra Workshop will comprise a group of recent paintings by the artist – Jamian Juliano-Villani, the nineteenth annual exhibition of contemporary art on Hydra. The presentation has been selected by Pauline Karpidas, with the support of Panos and Elisabeth Karpidas, and organised by Sadie Coles HQ.

Founder Pauline Karpidas


The founder of the Hydra Workshop Exhibition Space in Hydra Island Greece is Mrs Pauline Karpidas.


Below is an extract of Pauline Karpidas' biography from Wikipedia.


Pauline Karpidas (born Manchester) is an English contemporary art collector, private art space benefactor, socialite and patron of the arts.


Mrs Karpidas was married to Constantine Karpidas a Greek shipping magnate. She was introduced to contemporary art by Athens art dealer Alexander Iolas in 1975.


Mrs Karpidas is a patron of young artists whose work she displays at her workshop gallery on Hydra, Greece. Each Summer, since 1999, the London-based collector hosts over 100 guests on the Greek island of Hydra to view the latest additions to her Ophiuchus Collection on display at her Hydra Workshop.


In a 2007 interview with journalist Marina Fokidis, Karpidas said of her Hydra Gallery,


"Having lived now for almost 35 years in Greece, and having been part of the Greek heritage through my marriage to my late husband, Constantine Karpidas, this is a way for me to continue his legacy, his involvement with and support of the arts."


Mrs Karpidas has presented the work many artists at her Hydra Workshop in Hydra, Greece, including Urs Fischer (2007), Carroll Dunham (2008), Nate Lowman (2010) and Ryan Sullivan (2013).


In 2009, she auctioned the Andy Warhol painting 200 One Dollar Bills, which she had bought with her late husband Constantine Karpidas. Characterizing the 1962 painting, art dealer Tony Shafrazisaid, "We’ve seen nothing like this recently [come to auction], this is a masterpiece." The Karpidases paid $385,000 for the painting at a 1986 Sotheby’s sale. After a dramatic "bidding war" the painting realized $43.8 million. Karpidas made more than 100 times what had been paid in 1986.


She is a benefactor of the Tate and the Sir John Soane Museum in London, and an education centre at New York’s New Museum is named after her and her late husband—The Pauline and Constantine Karpidas Education Center.


In 2012, Karpidas donated a vast sum of money to the University of Manchester, particularly to the Manchester Access Programme.This includes the prestigious Karpidas Excellence Scholarship.

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