Leonidas Kalai

Leonidas is based in London and works on the research team for Artsy, the global online art platform. Originally from Syria and Greece, Leonidas lived in both countries before attending university in Boston, Massachusetts. When not at work, Leonidas can be found immersed in London's art scene.

Beirut’s art scene on pause in solidarity with the millions protesting

Museums, institutions, and galleries have closed until further notice in Beirut, Lebanon as the largest public demonstrations seen in decades take over the country. At least two million people have been reported to be part of the multi-city protests, demanding political reforms. This has caused the temporary closure of some of the city’s biggest art […]

Salvator Mundi almost made it to the Louvre exhibition, and may still be included

The Louvre’s much-anticipated Leonardo Da Vinci blockbuster exhibition opened last week, marking the 500-year anniversary of the death of the artist in France. The exhibition and the anniversary are of special importance to the museum, as it holds the largest ever collection of da Vinci paintings and drawings. One notably absent work remained: the Salvator Mundi. The […]

Urs Fischer makes candle portrait of Leonardo DiCaprio for Gagosian show

For a few years now, Leonardo DiCaprio has been a vocal environmental activist, working to raise awareness about the catastrophic effects of global warming. More specifically, and as seen in his 2016 documentary Before the Flood, DiCaprio focused on showing the dramatic speed at which polar glaciers are melting. DiCaprio now finds himself melting, or […]

Paris exhibition casts El Greco under new light

The first major exhibition in France for the renowned Greek artist, Doménikos Theotokópoulos (1541-1614), better known as El Greco, opened yesterday at the Grand Palais. A total of seventy-six works are on display, ranging from his early Greek iconography to his late career portraits made when he was Toledo, Spain. El Greco, while mostly known […]

Hauser & Wirth announces three Lucio Fontana shows to further the artist’s legacy

Hauser & Wirth has announced that it will be putting on a three-show series with the Fondazione Lucio Fontana, the Milan-based foundation for the postwar artist who pioneered Spatialism and whose work largely dealt with the perceptual effects of painting. Fontana’s work has long been studied in surveys ranging from institutiones and museums around the […]

Arts Patrons Lynda and Stewart Resnick Donate $750 million for climate research

At a time when concerns about climate change and environmental degradation are heavily discussed around the world, two major art patrons have announced a massive donation to fund climate change research and solutions for the crisis. Lynda and Stewart Resnick, who are well-known for their art patronage and board memberships at major institutions, will be […]

Kara Walker debuts monumental fountain in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall

A 13-meter-high fountain that alludes to a memorial with a colonialist past was revealed today as the latest Hyundai Commission work at Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. American artist Kara Walker is behind the much-anticipated work, who started the fountain as a pencil sketch and a series of clay figures before designing the full work digitally […]