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The Municipal Gallery of Athens


Municipal Gallery of Athens


The Municipal Gallery of Athens is situated on 51, Piraios Street on Eleftherias (Koumoundourou) Square. This elegant neoclassical building, built between 1872 and 1875, was designed by the architect Panagiotis Kalkos. It has a clear symmetrical form and consists of a central building and two transverse wings. At the front of the building there is an arched vault and the wings are covered by pediments.

The building housed the city nursery until 1977. In 1982 it was renovated in order to be used as the municipal gallery. Prior to this renovation, the city nursery was also a foundling hospital and an institution indicative of historical social attitudes towards unwanted children.

The municipal collection, which is housed in the gallery, goes back to 1923. The main part of this collection was acquired by the Municipality of Athens in the years 1930-40 through purchases from national and private galleries as well as donations. Today the collection consists of about 2.500 works, mostly by 20th century Greek artists such as

• Georgios Iakovidis
• Konstantinos Parthenis
• Georgios Bouzianis
Still Life – G. Gournaropoulos – Municipal Gallery of Athens • Georgios Gounaropoulos
• Nikos Engonopoulos
• Giannis Moralis
• Spiros Papaloukas among others.

The collection of the Municipal Gallery of Athens includes numerous important engravings by Ioannis Kefallinos, Vasso Katraki and Tassos. There also are sculptures by:

• Dimitrios Philippotis
• Georgios Fitalis
• Georgios Bonanos
• Michalis Tompros
• Thanassis Apartis

Furthermore there are architectural drawings of important neoclassical buildings by Ernst Ziller and Theophilus Hansen. Due to the gallery’s limited space, only a part of these collections is on permanent display but there are also temporary exhibitions.

Opening hours Opening hours and admission
Locaton map 51, Piraeos Street
Nearest metro station
Thisso - Monastiraki Top



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