The Municipal Gallery of Athens is housed in a neoclassical building, on Koumoundourou Square, built on the plans of the architect Panagis Kalkos in 1874. The inauguration of the Gallery took place on the 22nd of September, 1982. Before that, the collection had been housed, since 1974, in the Cultural Centre of the Municipality of Athens, on Acadimias Street.
The Municipality of Athens began to put together its artist collection in 1923. The first work it bought was the sculpture by D. Philippotis, “The Fisherman”, and it is interesting to note that half of the 2,355 works of art which the Gallery counts among its collection, were acquired during the period 1930-1940.
The gallery’s collections feature the visual works of 3,000 artists – most of them Greek, with few exceptions – which are representative of the trends, foreign influences and fruitful discussions which have marked the journey of Greek art.
Almost all of the Greek artists who represent milestones in Greek visual creation and contributed to the formation of 20th century modern Greek art are represented by significant works in the Gallery’s collection.
Among its most interesting features are the collection of engravings, with works by the great masters of this art and their worthy followers, but also of works by young engravers; the full representation of the generation of artists of the ’30s; the collection of works by the famous architect, Ziller, which are of artistic and historical interest, and among which are 56 drawings of the National Theatre, the Municipal Theatre, as well as of private homes; also the paintings of ruins by V. Lanza; the portraits of Mayors and Presidents of Municipal Councils painted by masters of the style (Nikolaos Lytras, George Bouzianis, Yiannis Moralis, Spyridon Prosalentis, Dionysios Tsokos, Georgios Jakobides, Angelos Giallinas) and a large number of drawings of the Arts Sanctuary inspired from the Athens of their time.
The Municipal Gallery’s activities include an exceptionally rich programme of free guided tours of archaeological and other cultural sites, with themes such as “Old neighbourhoods of Athens”, “The Athens of Kostis Palamas”, “The 1st Cemetery”, “Acropolis” and many others (the programme is not conducted during summer).
Athens Municipal Art Gallery
51 Piraeos Street,
Τ.Κ. 105 53, Athens, Greece
Telephone: +30 210 3243022, 3243023
Wednesday to Saturday 10:00-19:00