Contemporary Greek Art Institute [Museum Profile]

Where: Athens (9a Valaoritou St)

In a few words:
The Contemporary Greek Art Institute is a non-profit organisation whose aim is to document the course of art in Greece from 1945 to the present.

 

 

Why:
The Contemporary Greek Art Institute was established in 2009 by members of the Nees Morfes Art Gallery in collaboration with art historians and artists as consultants. The institute’s aim is to document the course of art in Greece from 1945 to date.

The founding of the institute reflects the need for institutions which will systematically promote the study and research of local art. Without such research centres, many artistic ventures will be lost over time instead of becoming part of the framework of historical and synchronic links and references necessary for the evolution of culture. Apart from the archiving work, the institute initiates educational activities, temporary exhibitions, lectures and contemporary art projects.

A major part of the institute is the archive and the library, whose collection includes over 7,500 titles. The bulk of the collection is made up of monographs on Greek artists, exhibition catalogues, books on the theory and history of Greek art, albums, artists’ books, art collection catalogues, anniversary editions, dictionaries, journals and literary books.

 

 

What you will see:
The Contemporary Greek Art Institute initiates many temporary exhibitions and contemporary art projects that revolve around its archive. The institute’s current exhibition guide can be viewed on its website. Listed below are some of the most recent exhibitions:

  • An agreement without principles. The road to creating a history for contemporary Greek art: From the institutional to the non-institutional and the non-tertiary
    10 May- 15 July 2017
  • Past forward: The past as an occasion for new narratives of the present
    Feb 15 – Apr 2017
  • Engraving conversations. The new Greek engravers against the Greek engravers of the past
    Nov 2016 – Jan 2017

 

 

Opening hours:
Monday: closed
Tuesday: 10am – 5pm
Wednesday: 10am – 5pm
Thursday: 10am – 5pm
Friday: 10am – 5pm
Saturday: 10am – 3pm
Sunday: closed

 

Regarding the archive and the study room:
Researchers and members of the public are welcome to visit the archive or the study room of the institute, where they can have full access to the digital archive platform. It’s best to contact the institute is you wish to access the archive or the study room.
Tel: +30 210 3636165
Email: greekartinstitute@otenet.gr
Reading Room opening hours:
Tuesday to Saturday: 11am – 3pm
Sunday and Monday: closed

 

Official website:
iset.gr

 

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