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The Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghikas Gallery



Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghikas Gallery



In the Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghikas gallery, visitors can explore the great painter’s work and background. Nikos was born to a noble family in Athens in 1906 and he became a leading figure in modern Greek art. His work was influenced by cubism but he developed a personal, post-cubic, sensitive and lyrical style. He was a recognized and successful artist both in Greece and abroad.

From the 1930s, he was a professor at the Athens Technical University (School of Architecture) and Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghikas (photo: J.F. Bonhomme)a member of the Academy of Athens and the Royal Academy of Arts in London. His works can be admired in the most important museums and private collections all over the world.

By donating his house and collection to the Benaki Museum, Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghikas ensured that the public would have the opportunity to know and admire his work. The gallery opened in 1991, three years prior to his dead and was designed by the artist himself. It is located in the hearth of Athens, in a fourth-floor apartment on Kriezotou Street where the painter spent forty years of his life.

The building, which was privately owned by the painter, was built in 1932 by the architect Konstantinos Kitsikis and it is typical of Athenian architecture between the two world wars. The top floor was added under the personal supervision of the artist who used it as an atelier and library. All the rooms have been preserved exactly as he arranged and decorated them.

Composition with Rhythmic Objects, Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghikas, 1935. Oil on wood. 0,81x1,00 m. - Benaki Museum, N. Hadjikyriakos-Ghikas GalleryThe permanent exhibition includes works that represent the various styles he experimented with and, more importantly, the oil paintings he created between 1930 and 1990. Watercolor paintings, drawings and models for theatrical sets as well as costumes, books and manuscripts add to the collection. Ghikas also worked as a sculptor, particularly in the years 1940-70. His small copper sculptures, inspired by Greek mythology, are also on display.

Other important parts of the gallery’s collection are the artist’s photographic material and art books. Temporary exhibitions are also set-up in the gallery, highlighting different aspects of the artist’s work

Opening hours Opening hours and admission
Locaton map 1, Koumbari Street & Vasillissis. Sofias Avenue
Nearest metro stationSyntagma or Evangelismos Top



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