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Frissira Museum

The Frissira Museum is a place of contemporary art in a rare neoclassical building in Plaka.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1821 - )

    1860 The building in Monis Asteriou Street was built.

    1994 Beginning of reconstruction for museum use by architect Nikos Chatzikyriakos. Completed in 2000.

    2000 The museum was inaugurated on 27/11 by the then President of the Republic, Konstantinos Stefanopoulos.

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1821)

  3. Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)

  4. Roman era (30 BC- 330 AC)

  5. Hellenistic era (322- 31 BC)

  6. Classical era (478-323 BC)

  7. Archaic era (800-479 BC)

  8. Geometric era (-1100- 800 BC)

  9. Prehistory (-1100 BC)

What I can see

The Frissira Museum was founded by the eponymous family and is the only museum of contemporary European painting in Greece. It includes more than 3,500 paintings, drawings, sculptures, and engravings from all over Europe, most with an anthropocentric orientation. There are works by many artists such as Hockey, Auerbach, Blake, Rustin, Andrea, Dado, Segui, Regio, Velichovic, Arroyo, Adami, Moralis, Diamantopoulos, Byzantios, Kirby, Howson and others. The museum is housed in two neoclassical buildings, the first of their kind in the city. From the oldest building, only the façade is preserved, which has allowed the exhibition spaces to be developed around the glass-roofed patio. In the newer (corner) building, exhibition spaces were added to the ground floor and the basement, while the Frissiras residence is housed on the upper floors, with an addition of a guesthouse for artists.


What I can't see

The aim of the museum is to encourage and enhance young artists and movements from all over Europe. According to Vlassis Frissiras, if art does not stimulate emotion, it is not art. This is also the purpose of the museum’s collection. Also, many periodic exhibitions of artists such as Freud, Bacon, Botero, Delvaux, Jan Fabre and others have been held.



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