Athens Art Galleries
(Athens, Attica, Greece)
Greek art in Athens is in good supply and there are a number of impressive galleries and art-related museums spread around the city centre.
One of the premier cultural institutions in Athens is without question the National Art Gallery and Alexander Soutzos Museum (Ethniki Pinakothiki), which has become famous for its wealth of Greek and European art, the majority being created between the 14th and 20th centuries. The museum now attracts in excess of 300,000 visitors per annum and in recent years has opened subsequent galleries in Greek tourist destinations such as Corfu
, Nafplion and Sparta.
National Art Gallery and Alexander Soutzos Museum (Ethniki Pinakothiki)
Address: 50 Vassileos Konstantinou Street, Athens 115 28, Greece
Tel: +30 210 723 5857
The National Art Gallery and Alexander Soutzos Museum is full of contemporary Greek art and houses almost 10,000 paintings, numerous sculptures and detailed engravings, created after the 1821 Greek War of Independence. Founded in 1878, the museum has received a number of notable donations over the years and is known for its extensive collection of post-Byzantine Greek Art and Renaissance paintings. This gallery also features some furniture, miniatures and some European art by leading artists, such as Picasso, Caravaggio, Canaletto and Rembrandt. Of note, the nearest metro station to the museum is the Evangelismos stop.
Open hours: Monday and Wednesday - 09:00 to 15:00, 18:00 to 21:00, Thursday to Saturday - 09:00 to 15:00, Sunday 10:00 to 14:00
Folk Ceramic Museum - Tzisdarakis Mosque
Address: 1 Areos Street, Monastiraki Square, Athens 105 55, Greece
Tel: +30 210 324 2066
The Folk Ceramic Museum is situated in the Monastiraki area of Athens, in the Tzisdarakis Mosque, which was built 250 years ago, and is known as the 'Tzami' by the locals. The mosque is now home to the Greek Folk Art Museum and the ceramic museum is located in an annex of the mosque. This large and impressive pottery collection has many splendid ceramic works of art that were donated to the Greek Folk Art Museum in 1974. Exhibits include traditional Greek kitchenware, storage jars from Chios and Thessaly, earthenware oven dishes from Sifnos and there are also some ceramic souvenirs available for tourists. Monastiraki Station is the nearest Metro station to the Ceramic Museum.
Open hours: Wednesday to Monday - 09:00 to 14:30
Art Gallery Phenomenon
Address: 9 Kolokotroni Street, Kefalari, Kifissia, Athens 145 62, Greece
Tel: +30 210 808 8152
Situated in the Kifissia region of Athens, the Art Gallery Phenomenon is home to a large and interesting collection of art by Eleni Kolaitou and is the perfect place to find a unique present. The works of art include unusual ceramic sculptures, bronze figurines, jewellery in the shape of insects and numerous miniature ships. There are also some paintings by Christophoros Assimis, husband of Eleni Kolaitou, all of which are for sale. The nearest Metro station to this Athens art gallery is the Kifissia stop.
Open hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday - 10:00 to 15:00, 17:00 to 20:00, Monday, Wednesday, Saturday - 10:00 to 15:00
Address: Ktima Vorre, Terma Finikon, Anavryta, Maroussi, Athens 151 26, Greece
Tel: +30 210 802 7039
The Emfietzoglou Gallery is filled with modern Greek art and this private art collection is owned by the wealthy Prodromos Emfietzoglou. There are over 500 works of art on exhibit and these include some wonderful sculptures and some of the best Greek paintings from the last 200 years. Guided tours are available. The nearest Metro station to the Athens gallery is Maroussi Station.
Open hours: Wednesday - 16:00 to 20:00