A new museum of international contemporary and modern art has opened in the heart of Athens, further increasing the city’s cultural offering.
The Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation museum, at 13 Eratosthenous Street in central Athens, has been planned for 26 years. It is named after Basil Goulandris, a Greek shipowner, and his wife Elise, an art collector, who founded Greece’s first museum of modern art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Andros.
The new permanent residence in Athens is open every day apart from Monday. Visitors will have the opportunity to see works by El Greco, Cézanne, van Gogh, Gauguin, Monet, Picasso, Paul Klee, Jackson Pollock and Francis Bacon, among others. The founders, Basil and Elise Goulandris, as advocates of the idea that Art should be open to society and apart from their important contribution with the establishment of the Museum of Contemporary Art on Andros, also envisioned the creation of another museum in Athens.