for the love of art.


Polyeco Contemporary Art Initiative PCAI, Greece
Vasilis Karouk, Prima Materia, 2016, PCAI Commission | Polyeco Group and PCAI headquarters, Piraeus | Architectural Design: Margarita Chatzakou | Photographer: Yiorgis Yerolymbos
Wu Tsang, We hold where study, 2017, PCAI Commission | Installation shot, Paratoxic Paradoxes exhibition, Benaki Museum Athens | Photographer: Yiorgis Yerolymbos
Eva Papamargariti, Always a body, always a thing 2017, PCAI Commission | Installation shot, Paratoxic Paradoxes exhibition, Benaki Museum Athens | Photographer: Yiorgis Yerolymbos
Mika Rottenberg, Minus Yiwu, 2017, PCAI Commission | Installation shot, Resilient Futures exhibition, CACT Thessaloniki | Photographer: Lazaros Grekos
George Drivas, Kepler, 2014, PCAI Commission | Installation shot, Resilient Futures exhibition, CACT Thessaloniki | Photographer: Lazaros Grekos

About the collection

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Commissioned artworks on environmental awareness

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Polyeco Contemporary Art Initiative PCAI was founded in 2014 by Mr. Athanasios Polychronopoulos, Executive Chairman of Polyeco Group and Director of PCAI, as a result of his genuine belief that art is the best tool to stimulate dialogue about critical environmental issues. It is a nonprofit cultural platform created in the context of Polyeco’s Corporate Social Responsibility, one of the leading Waste Management Companies in the world.

The transition from still to moving image art, with the latter emerging as the dominant expressive medium in the last decades, was the main reason behind PCAI’s decision to focus primarily -though not exclusively- on the dynamic medium of artistic films as the main means of achieving its goals. In an innovative and dynamic manner, PCAI directly commissions works of art by international and Greek artists, which are inspired by environmental issues, while also fruitfully contribute to matters relating to art practices. Supported by PCAI loans to curators and museums, the message of environmental consciousness is transmitted internationally to diverse audiences. 

PCAI has already commissioned a number of moving image art projects, assigned to established Greek and international artists, including Wu Tsang (Guggenheim Hugo Boss Prize 2018 nominee), Eva Kotatkova (Metropolitan Museum, NYC), Mika Rottenberg (Palais de Tokyo, Paris) and George Drivas (57th Venice Biennale). Eleven of these works were presented for the first time at the Benaki Museum in Athens in the spring of 2017, as part of the Paratoxic Paradoxes exhibition, curated by Nadja Argyropoulou, parallel to documenta 14.

Since its foundation, PCAI has been collaborating with and supporting a number of diverse art organisations and institutions. Fully aware of its social role, PCAI is also dedicated to organising and implementing educational programs for children, that raise environmental awareness through digital art. Its awarded PCAI Junior educational platform, established in 2017, has been implemented in Athens and Oman so far with great success.

For more information related to PCAI contact Kika Kyriakakou, Collection & Exhibitions Manager,, +30 2104060088, +30 6948500531

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The PCAI Collection is based on special commissions mainly of moving image art. PCAI provides visual artists with the means and resources to create an artwork inspired by urgent environmental issues in their broader relation to current sociocultural, economic, philosophical concerns; it invites artists to reflect on the concept of waste and related processes in a free and innovative way; to create art that challenges the limits of previous views and representations; to imagine new forms and use radical tactics while addressing our changing world.


Collection in video

Polyeco S.A., Greece

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40 countries

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Polyeco S.A. is the first integrated waste management and valorization industry in Greece, founded in 2001.

A leader amongst the most prominent waste management companies in SE Europe, Polyeco has strong presence in the Balkans, CIS, Africa, Middle East, South America and the Pacific, implementing some of the most challenging and time critical waste management projects across the Globe. Experienced personnel always work closely with clients to tailor solutions that meet their business requirements and organization’s goals always in compliance with health, safety and environmental regulations.

In the context of International Development, Polyeco has established an extensive network of companies (Polyeco Group) undertaking major environmental projects making it one of the largest International Hazardous Waste Management companies worldwide.

Since its establishment, Polyeco S.A. constantly strives on improving environmental management performance and competitiveness for its clients. Through continuous training, research & development in the fields of recovery, decontamination, reclamation and rehabilitation, it provides integrated sustainable waste management solutions for the industrial sector. Polyeco’s vast field of expertise encompasses licensing, decontamination, transport treatment, recovery and disposal of all types of hazardous and non-hazardous industrial waste.

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not disclosed

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