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National Gallery had open one of the most important exhibitions in Greece

Unknown Treasures from the National Gallery Collections, Post-War and Contemporary Art, at the National Glyptotheque, Goudi. Starting 14th November 2011. Picasso, Rembrand, Delacroix, Lytras, Gikas, Tsarouhis, Moralis were all lying in the basement of the Museum. Now they will see the light of day until 4th January.

National gallery, Athens

Information  about the National Art Gallery:


The National Art Gallery and Alexandros Soutzos Museum, the most important institution in Greece devoted to the subject of the history of Greek and Western European Art, has been in operation, in its present form, since 1976. The actual founding of the institution dates back to 1900, when the relevant decree was published and the duties of curator were undertaken by George Iakovides (1900-1918). However, in 1834, within the framework of the new social organization – on Western European lines – of the newly-born Greek state, the decree “On Technological Collections” provided for the founding of a Museum of Paintings and Engravings in Athens.

In 1896, Alexandros Soutzos, a jurist and art lover, bequeathed his collection and estate to the Greek State aspiring to the creation of a “Museum of Fine Arts”. The National Gallery eventually came into being by an April 10th  1900 decree and an invitation to the painter Georgios Iakovidis to return from Munich. He became its curator on July 28th 1900. Originally in the Technical University and the University collections, a total of 258 works were donated to the newly established Gallery; the 107 works donated by Alexandros Soutzos followed suit in 1901.

Thomas Tsatsis