Temporary Exhibitions

National Gallery, 01/03/2012 - 03/06/2012

The exhibition From the Collections of the A.G. Leventis Foundation is the outcome of a two-year-long collaboration by the two organising institutions, the A.G. Leventis Foundation and the National Gallery – Alexandros Soutsos Museum, the host of the exhibition....

National Gallery, 11/05/2011 - 29/08/2011

In 1988, the National Gallery - Alexandros Soutsos Museum organised the first major retrospective exhibition of Yannis Moralis. This retrospective traced the artist’s creative development and demonstrated the quality and consistency of his work. It was during the same year that Yannis Moralis made a generous donation of 113 of his works to the National Gallery. One year after his death, our muse...

National Gallery, 14/09/2010 - 31/10/2010,
National Glyptotheque, 22/12/2010 - 30/04/2011

More than 100 sumptuous costumes and 130 impressive masks testify to the artist’s huge output for theatre productions of plays by Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides to Shakespeare, Chekov and Terzakis....

National Gallery, 24/11/2010 - 28/02/2011

The exhibition “PARIS 1900, Art Nouveau and Modernism - Treasures from the Petit Palais, City of Paris Fine Art Museum” to open its doors at the National Gallery on 22 November 2010, transports us to the French capital of the Belle Époque through works of French art from the collections of the Petit Palais, with their unique evocation of the bourgeois and lower-class Paris of the 1880-1914 perio...

National Gallery, 22/03/2010 - 15/10/2010

When it became the capital city of the kingdom of Greece, in 1834, Athens was still a village as far as urban planning was concerned – indeed, a decaying village. European architects and urban planners participated in the interventions made already in the early years of the reign of Otto, who regarded the rebirth of Athens as a “European cause”. This rebirth, naturally, was a long time in coming...

National Gallery, 29/09/2009-11/01/2010

The exhibition traced the shift from Rococo to Neoclassicism through 150 rare masterpieces mostly from the Louvre but also from other museums in France and other countries. Most of these exhibits, which include paintings, sculptures, furniture, tapestries and other luxury items, come from royal collections.The exhibition spanned the last period of Luis XV’s reign (third quarter of the 18th centu...

National Gallery, 29/04/2009 - 31/08/2009

Achilles Droungas seems to concur with the view set forth by Leon Batista Alberti in his 1435 treatise On Painting: “Painting is an open window to the world”. In fact, the modern artist often paints trompe l’oeil frames or introduces in his paintings curtains that make the spectacle revealed behind this frame seem even more life-like. This spectacle is a world of crystalline clarity, in which or...

National Gallery, 04/12/2008-22/03/2009

The roughly 200 paintings on display at the National Gallery of Greece are but a fraction of the enormous collection of the National Bank of Greece, which comprises upwards of 2,500 works. The exhibition featured a series of portraits of the bank’s Governors made by famous artists. They were selected for their historical importance and aesthetic merit in order to trace without gaps, to the exten...

National Gallery, 25/06/2008 – 20/10/2008

Participating in the commemorative events organized throughout the world for the 180th anniversary of the death of the great Spanish artist Goya (1746-1828), a display of the four famous series of etchings in the museum’s permanent collections was held at the National Gallery.They comprise 212 extremely rare and valuable original prints acquired in 1961-1965 by the late Marinos Kalligas, Directo...

National Gallery, 19/03/2008 - 02/06/2008

The National Gallery presents one of the boldest representatives of early Greek Modernism in a retrospective exhibition comprising 180 oil paintings, pastels, aquarelles, drawings, and ample supporting material. Son of artist Nikiforos Lytras, Nikos Lytras was given his first painting lessons by his father. In 1903, he graduated with distinction from the Athens “School of Arts” and, from 1907 on...

National Gallery, 10/12/2007-18/02/2008

The exhibition “Classical Memories in Modern Greek art” was organized and presented for the first time in winter 1999-2000 to mark the inauguration of the Cultural Centre of the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation in the Olympic Tower in New York. An enriched version was held in Istanbul, at the Kemal Ataturk Cultural Centre (22/5/2003-30/6/2003). In October 2007, the exhibition inaug...

National Gallery, 09/08/2007 - 19/11/2007

The National Gallery – Alexandros Soutsos Museum has acquired more than 2,300 artworks in the last 15 years through endowments, donations and purchases. These include the major donations of works by the painters Tetsis, Nikolaou, Mytaras, Fassianos, Daniel and donations of individual works by Pavlos, Dekoulakos, Botsoglou, Skoulakis, Christakis, Skourtis, Bokoros, Rorris and others, as well as w...

National Gallery, 05/06/2007 - 05/07/2007

The National Gallery – Alexandros Soutsos Museum has joined in the centennial celebrations of the French Institute of Athens by hosting an exhibition of artworks that were donated by French artists to commemorate the heroism of the Greek Resistance against their German occupiers. The bequest, which includes works by Picasso, Matisse, Bonnard, Marquet, Picabia, Masson, Bourdelle, Laurens, and oth...

National Gallery, 20/12/2006-31/03/2007

The history of modern Greek art is generally seen as revolving around the bipolar relationship Athens-Munich and Athens-Paris. The so-called "Munich School", which prevailed in the Greek art scene in the latter half of the 19th century, has been extensively studied and illuminated, and the misconceptions surrounding it have been resolved. The exhibition "Paris – Athens" aims to illuminate the re...

National Gallery, 22/05/2006 - 23/09/2006

 
The enchanting Orient, the atmosphere, the opulent interiors, ornate costumes, the harems and odalisques, the mythical cosmos of European Orientalists, for Symeon Savvidis was not a utopian paradise or an imaginary place. Savvidis was an genuine oriental, a Greek whose roots went back to the depths of Asia Minor. The themes depicted by the European Orientalists are the product of s...

National Gallery, 22/05/2006 - 23/09/2006

Botero started out from a small Colombian town to become one of the most successful artists of our times. His art is rooted in the folk art tradition of his homeland, while at the same time conveying the influence of great Western European artists – from Giotto, Piero della Francesca, and Velázquez to Picasso.The retrospective exhibition comprised works of all periods of his creation; among them...

National Gallery, 14/11/2005 - 30/01/2006

 
The National Gallery organized a major retrospective exhibition of the preeminent exponent of the Munich School and the museum’s first director.Georgios Iakovidis enjoyed prominence at the forefront of Greek art life during the critical first three decades of the 20th century. Critical, not only in that the great changes then underway in the political and social sectors formed the ...

National Gallery, 06/04/2005 - 30/06/2005

The mirror is the instrument par excellence in Samaras’s art, and the artist’s own reflection is his privileged model. Lucas Samaras is a metic; a triumphant metic, of course, as he has secured a prominent place in the history of contemporary American culture. Yet, deep inside him he is a castaway living in self-imposed exile in the invented little island of his art. It is there that he creates ...

National Gallery, 24/11/2004 – 28/02/2005

Alekos Fassianos may be regarded as a successor of the Generation of the Thirties.The dominant myth of “Greekness”, of faith in the timeless Greek values, the only ones which, according to the beliefs of this acclaimed generation, ensured authenticity and national validity to the works of a Greek artist, seems to have been the compass for Alekos Fassianos’s explorations. His childhood, spent in ...

National Gallery, 09/06/2004 - 30/09/2004

 
Sculpture has played a pivotal role in the history of the Olympic Games. The very form of ancient Greek art was determined by its relation with the athletic ideal. Greek art abounds with fit and graceful nude bodies of youthful champions in the national games....

National Gallery, 24/05/2004 - 11/10/2004

Coinciding with the Olympics 2004, the exhibition “Imperial Treasures from China” in the National Gallery of Athens heralds the Olympics 2008, which are scheduled to take place in Beijing. It is a happy coincidence: The cities hosting the two consecutive Olympic Games are the cradles of two of the most ancient and most important civilizations of the Western and Eastern worlds respectively. Thus,...

National Gallery, 22/12/2003 – 31/03/2004

The trend to revisit the teachings of Antiquity became universal during the Italian Renaissance. From its first intimations in the mid-14th century, in Boccaccio’s and Petrarch’s times, this refreshing spirit of a discourse with Antiquity came to prevail in all aspects of cultural life in the 15th century (the Quattrocento), with Florence, Venice, and the princely courts of the Italian peninsula...

National Gallery, 11/03/2003 –21/07/2003

Theatre costumes for the Greek National Theatre, worn and animated by legendary Greek actors: Kyveli, Kotopouli, Paxinou, Papadaki, Aroni, Lambeti, Karezi, Veakis, Glinos, Zervos, Nezer, Minotis, Kotsopoulos, Horn, to cite but a few of those who are no longer with us. Costumes designed by inspired artists: Fokas, Klonis, Vakalo, Ghika, Tsarouchis, Moralis, to mention only the most senior ones.Th...

National Gallery, 22/10/2002 – 27/01/2003

In the exhibition of 20th-century Spanish art, art lovers had an opportunity to familiarize themselves with characteristic works from the wealthy collections of the National Museum - Reina Sofia Art Centre and with the great artists who played, or continue to play, a role in the international art scene: from Picasso, Juan Gris, Gonzalez, Miró, Dali to Tàpies, Chillida, Antonio Lopez Garcia, the ...

National Gallery, 27/02/2002 – 19/05/2002

The National Gallery of Greece, in cooperation with the Dordrechts Museum, organized the exhibition “The Golden Age of Dutch Painting – The Dordrechts Museum Collection”. Dordrechts is the oldest city in the Netherlands. Its museum, of international fame, was founded 160 years ago. The museum remained closed until June 2002 for renovation: this allowed the presentation of a significant number of...

National Gallery, 08/10/2001 - 10/12/2001

An emblematic figure of modern Greece, Nikolaos Gysis never ceased to be admired and appeal to people’s hearts. The artist’s life, personality and work epitomize symbolic values that make him a national model of transcendence....

National Gallery, 20/10/2011 - 08/01/2012, National Glyptotheque, 14/11/2011 - 04/01/2013

Unknown Treasures in the National Gallery Collections is the last major event to be organised before the National Gallery embarks on its expansion project. Featuring works from the National Gallery and Evripidis Koutlidis Foundation collections, this exhibition is important on several grounds. The most obvious raison d’être for this event, which realizes a personal vision of mine, is as an indic...

National Gallery, 21/03/2001 - 18/06/2001

Santiago Calatrava’s exhibition, held at the National Gallery from March 21 to June 18, 2001, offered a panorama of ideas and images from the work of this universal artist who experiments and expresses himself in many different ways.Calatrava’s architectural projects grew out of experimentation with sculptural volume and evolving ideas and solutions elaborated in his sculptures. The reciprocity ...

National Gallery, 28/09/2000 - 08/01/2001

Jointly organized by the National Gallery of Greece, Dordrechts Museum and the Netherlands Institute in Athens, the exhibition “Greek Gods and Heroes in the Age of Rubens and Rembrandt” featured extraordinary examples of 16th- and 17th-century Flemish and Dutch painting inspired by the mythology and history of ancient Greece. The importance of the exhibition lies in the fact that for the first t...