Purchases and Donations
In recent years, some 3,000 works have been acquired by the National Gallery – Alexandros Soutzos Museum, including Saint Peter and The Burial of Christ, two paintings by Domenikos Theotokopoulos, whose acquisition was made possible by a nation-wide fundraising campaign and sponsorship; newly acquired sculptures include Auguste Rodin’s Walking Man on a Column, donated by the National Bank of Greece, and Antoine Bourdelle’s Head of Apollo. Acquisitions that enrich the National Gallery’s Collections have also been made with support by Alpha Bank and the Antonios Komninos Foundation. The National Gallery has received substantial donations from a number of artists and foundations, including Joannis Avramidis, Panagiotis Tetsis, Nikos & Angela Nikolaou Foundation, Dimitris Mytaras, Alekos Fassianos, Daniel, Jason Molfessis, Fernando Botéro, Theodoros (Papagiannis), Theodoros (Papadimitriou), Pavlos and Santiago Calatrava. Donations have also been made by many private individuals.
Estates and Tax
- The Frosso Efthymiadi-Menegaki Estate, comprising the artist’s body of sculpture, as well as her house in Galatsi, Athens, designed by pre-eminent Greek architect Dimitris Pikionis, where the sculptress’s museum will be housed. Renovation is now complete, and the building is being prepared for opening. The estate comes with revenue to cover the museum’s maintenance.
- The Bella Raftopoulou Estate. The sculptress’s residence, which is intended to house a museum of her works, has been restored.
- Sixteen paintings by Konstantinos Parthenis were acquired as estate tax.