National Gallery (Athens)
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National Gallery Athens

The National Art Gallery-Alexandros Soutzos Museum (Greek: ?-? ? ?, Ethniki Pinakothiki-Mouseio Alexandrou Soutzou) is an art museum located in the Pangrati district, Athens, Greece. It is devoted to Greek and European art from the 14th century to the 20th century. It is directed by Marina Lambraki-Plaka.

Closed and renovating now. 06.04.2019.

History

It was established in 1878 as a small collection of 117 works exhibited at the Athens University. In 1896, Alexandros Soutzos, a jurist and art lover, bequeathed his collection and estate to the Greek Government aspiring to the creation of an art museum. The museum opened in 1900 and the first curator was Georgios Jakobides, a famous Greek painter who was a member of the Munich School artistic movement. After World War II the works began for a new building. After relocating the sculptures in the new National Glyptotheque, there is a discussion to renovate the main building and to build a new wing.

Collections

The gallery exhibitions are mainly focused on post-Byzantine Greek Art. The gallery owns and exhibits also an extensive collection of European artists. Particularly valuable is the collection of paintings from the Renaissance.

Renaissance

17th-20th century

Greek artists

Facts

Approximately four million people have visited the National Gallery in the last fourteen years. Its exhibition activity is mainly supported by sponsorships that cover up to half of its budget. The National Gallery has opened the last years branches in Nafplion, Sparta and Corfu.[1]

Visitor information

The gallery is situated on Vassilissis Sofias Avenue, opposite the Hilton Athens in Pangrati district. It can be reached with the Athens Metro at the Evangelismos station. It has been closed since March 2013 due to expansion works[2] and is expected to open again in early 2021. The National Glyptotheque is situated at the "Alsos Stratou" (Military Park) in Goudi, near Kanellopoulou Avenue and can be reached with the Athens Metro at the Katehaki station.

Gallery

See also

References

  1. ^ "nationalgallery.gr | Annexes of National Gallery of Greece". Archived from the original on 17 April 2009. Retrieved 2008.
  2. ^ "Contact". National Gallery of Greece. Retrieved 2019.

External links

Coordinates: 37°58?32?N 23°44?57?E / 37.97556°N 23.74917°E / 37.97556; 23.74917


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