The Frissiras Museum, the only Museum for Contemporary European Painting in Greece, was inaugurated on November 27, 2000 by the President of the Republic Constantine Stefanopoulos and officially opened on December 4, 2000 by the Mayor of Athens Dimitris Avramopoulos. It was founded by the Vlassis Frissiras family, which is also responsible of the administration.
The Frissiras Museum houses the private collection of its founder. An attorney by profession, but passionate about Art, V. Frissiras started collecting works by young Greek visual artists in 1978, with the resolute aim of putting together a collection made up exclusively of paintings centered on two axes: the human form and body, and representation, i.e. the figurative art that reinstates a method of painting which has been more or less marginalized by newer forms of art. In the 1990s, his interest turned to European artists. The permanent collection of the Frissiras Museum consists of over 3,500 works (paintings and sculptures).
The Frissiras Museum buildings
The Museum is housed in two neoclassical buildings in Athens’ Plaka area. The first one is located at 3 Monis Asteriou str. It is one of the oldest neoclassical houses of Athens and was built in 1860. It was restored to its original form by the Frissiras family in 1998-99 and preserves some of the architectural elements of its period like the internal yard and the glazed Athenian windows. It consists of five floors and its atrium is covered by a glass roof designed by Alexandros Ν. Tombazis.
The second building at 7 Monis Asteriou str., was designed by the architect Ernst Ziller. It inaugurated in 1904. It is among the most important neoclassical examples in Athens, with Ionian-style elements. The Ministry of Culture lists it as a late historical monument. In 1999-2000, it was fully restored to its original form, by the Frissiras family.
Wednesday to Friday: 11:00 – 18:00
Saturday and Sunday: 11:00 – 17:00
Monday and Tuesday: closed