Uninhabited since 69BC, Delos may be stuck in a time-warp, but this summer brings new additions to the Cycladic island’s crumbling ruins: 29 cast-iron sculptures by British artist Antony Gormley. The sculptor’s series of solitary figures (or “bodyforms”), titled Sight (until 31 October), is the first modern exhibit ever allowed on Delos. “A landmark in the timeline of Greek culture,” declares the Financial Times. The point? “Our hope is it will help change how people approach ancient monuments,” says Dr Demetrios Athanasoulis, head of the Cyclades’ department of antiquities. “There is no past without the present.”
And it’s not the only quiet Aegean island to see contemporary creativity this summer. Two New York artists head to Hydra: Jamian Juliano-Villani’s surreal montages will be at Hydra Workshop (until 29 September), and a monumental plaster-cast hand by Kara Walker fills fishing-hut-turned-art-space The Slaughterhouse (until 30 September). Meanwhile, at Samos’s Art Space Pythagorion, photography exhibit 13,700,000 km3 explores the Med’s politicised waters (4 August – 30 September), while K-Gold Temporary Gallery, Lesvos, spotlights emerging talent at its annual summer show (10 August – 8 September).