Vorres Contemporary Art Museum [Museum Profile]

 

Where: Peania (Parodos Diadochou Konstantinou)

In a few words:
Vorres Contemporary Art Museum’s collection of 20th century Greek contemporary art is considered one of the largest in Greece. Beyond the Vorres Contemporary Art Museum, visitors can also explore the Vorres Folk Art Museum‘s massive Greek folk art collection.

  


Why:
The Vorres Contemporary Art Museum’s grounds cover 80 acres including several buildings, gardens and courtyards. Its collection includes over 6,000 pieces covering 4,000 years of Greek history and art. The museum has been donated by the Vorres family to the Greek state.

 

 

What you will see:
The Vorres Museum, which sprawls over six acres, is divided into two separate museums, the Vorres Contemporary Art Museum and Vorres Folk Art Museum.
Regarding the Vorres Contemporary Art Museum, the visitor can experience:

  • One of the most important and representative collections of its kind in the world is exhibited, comprising paintings, installations and sculptures by leading Greek artists, displaying a Greek interpretation of most of the international artistic currents of the second half of the 20th century.
  • The pre-war generation of the artists of the ’30s and ’40s such as Yannis Moralis, Nicos Hatzikyriacos-Gikas, Nicos Engonopoulos, Yannis Spyropoulos, Alecos Condopoulos, Yannis Tsarouhis, etc.
  • The new dynamic generation of artists of the late ’60s that worked mostly in Paris and established a visual reality of their own in accordance with their individual concepts and senses of tradition. Some artists that shaped this period are: Costas Tsoklis, Christos Caras, Dimitris Mytaras, Alecos Fassianos, Vlassis Kaniaris, Nicos Kessanlis, Dimosthenis Kokkinidis, Yannis Gaitis, etc.
  • Giving us a well-rounded picture of Greek contemporary art at the end of the 20th century, the collection includes mature works by artists such as Botsoglou, Psychopaidis, Samios, Theofylaktopoulos, Droungas, Adamakos, Golfinos, etc.
  • Works by those leading contemporary artists of the Greek diaspora from New York, Paris etc, such as Thodoros Stamos, Loucas Samaras, Yannis Kounelis, Chryssa, etc.
  • A large group of younger artists are also well represented, such as Lappas, Gyparakis, Dikefalos, Sarandopoulou, Giannakas, Petridis, etc.
  • The gardens, wild and consisting almost entirely of Mediterranean flora are an indispensable part of the museum being described by many as the most beautiful gardens in Athens.

 

 

Opening hours:
Saturday: 10am – 2pm
Sunday: 10am – 2pm
Weekdays by appointment only and for groups of twenty (20) persons or more.

Ticket prices (2017):
Full admission: €5
Reduced admission: €3 (students)
Workshop: 5€

How to reach the museum from Athens:
Bus (3 alternatives):
1. Take the 125 bus (Peania – Varkiza) at the bus stop outside Nomismatokopeio metro station.
Get off at the 1st Agias Triados stop.
OR
2. Take the 308 bus (Peania – Koropi) at the bus stop outside Nomismatokopeio metro station.
Get off at the 1st Agias Triados stop. 
OR
3. Take the 307 bus (Glyka Nera – Koropi)at the bus stop outside D. Plakentias metro station.
Get off at the 1st Agias Triados stop.
Short walk after the bus:
After you get off the bus at the 1st Agias Triados bus stop, you should follow Diadochou Constantinou St in order to reach the museum after a five minute walk.

Official website:
vorresmuseum.gr

 

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