Goulandris Art Museum: A Museum for the Masters
A new museum, The Goulandris Museum of Contemporary Art, housing paintings and sculptures by Cezanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Monet, Degas, Rodin, Toulouse-Lautrec, Picasso, Bonnard, Pollock, Matisse, and Braque, as well as works by the prominent Greeks artists such as Pathenis, Bouzianis, Cassilion, Hadjikyriakos-Ghikas, Tsarouchia, Moralis and Tetsis, opens to the public this October 1. The museum houses the private art collection of Basil and Eliza Goulandris, offering the public the chance to see this astonishing collection of artworks for the first time. Set in a magnificent 11 story neoclassical building on Pangrati’s Eratosthenous Street, the museum will feature permanent and temporary exhibitions, workshops for children and adults, a library, a cafe, a restaurant, offices, and a modern 190-seat amphitheater within it 7,250 square metre space, says Fleurette Karadontis, president of the museum.
“We were fortunate in terms of the neighborhood,” she says.” During the years of the regression, Pangrati literally transformed. It became attractive for young people, for tourists, and many young, creative Athenians. We hope to make use of this positive trend for Pangrati and insert our museum into people’s daily lives.”