Municipal Gallery of Athens

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The Municipal Gallery of Athens houses a collection of nearly 3,000 works from 19th and 20th century Greek artists. Formerly located on Peiraios Street on Eleftherias (Koumoundourou) Square, in October 2010 the gallery moved three blocks northwest to the corner of Myllerou and Leonidou streets on Avdi Square in Metaxourgeio. The move added another dimension to the gallery's draw, as its current building was designed in the early 19th century by the prominent architect Christian Hansen.

"Although the Municipal Art Gallery was formerly housed in the charming building on Koumoundourou Square, designed by Panagis Kalkos - who also designed the old town hall in Kotzia Square - we decided to relocate to solve some serious problems,"

explains Gallery and Museum City of Athens Director Mrs. Nelli Kyriazis.

"It was unforgivable, in my opinion and the opinion of many art lovers, especially foreigners, that the Gallery has not been able to accommodate both permanent collections and temporary exhibitions in parallel. There was rotation, due to lack of space, so guests regularly ask why we do not have a permanent collection".

What Ms. Kyriazis finds particularly interesting are these former industrial sites now transformed into cultural sites.

"Especially when hosting exhibitions of modern art, I think it fits content with container.”

The gallery will host periodic exhibitions as well as permanent collections. Initially though, it will present a permanent collection, after its first major exhibition, the gallery will then hold both permanent and temporary exhibitions concurrently.