THE NEW FACE OF GOULANDRIS CYCLADIC ART MUSEUM
Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation (13 Eratosthenous str., Pagrati) will also present works of prominent Greek artists: Parthenis, Bouzianis, Vassiliou, Hadjikyriakos-Ghika, Tsarouchis, Moralis, Tetsis and others. Also, around 4,500 art books will be in the library of the Museum housed in a restored early 20th-century mansion, near the landmark Panathenian Marble Stadium.
The first plans for the museum of contemporary art, budgeted at 20,000,000 euros, were announced in 1992. Now, years after their deaths (Basil passed in 1994 and Elise in 2000), the opening day has been announced and it seems the museum will fulfill their dream.
The location of the museum is important, as it’s centrally situated nearby many of Athens’ existing large museums, such as the Benaki Museum, the Byzantine and Christian Museum, and the Athens Conservatoire, making it easily accessible to those wanting to visit several museums in a day.