by Alexandra Papaisidorou*
The new museum of the Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation is set to welcome Athens audiences on Wednesday 2 October, complete with a full programme of cultural events and educational workshops.
The impressive building at 13 Eratosthenous Street, just a few metres from the Kallimarmaro Stadium, hosts the art collection of the Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation and will also hold temporary exhibitions of Greek and foreign artists. Apart from exhibition spaces, the museum - with a total surface area of 7,250 m2 spread over 11 floors - also houses a shop and Cafe - Restaurant, art library, children’s workshop and a state-of-the-art, 190-seat, amphitheatre.
In order to further enhance the experience of those wishing to familiarise themselves with the artworks exhibited in this new museum and apart from guided tours of the collection, the Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation also provides screenings of short documentaries on individual artworks within the collection. The screenings, which are produced by the Foundation, are available at no extra cost, with the purchase of the admission ticket.
The opening of the new museum coincides with the launch of its monthly programme of events. Concerts, theatrical productions, discussions, activities for children and adults and educational workshops will complement the Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation philosophy, in a series of innovative events harmoniously incorporated in the museum setting.
More specifically, the Foundation’s educational programmes will welcome children, teenagers and adults every weekend, offering the opportunity for participation in creative workshops and activities inspired by the arts with the aim of developing new skills.
The museum shop is located on the ground floor, next to the reception area and contains a variety of original and exclusive, custom-made products including utility and art objects, designed by Greek artists and inspired by the rare art collection of the Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation.
Visits to the museum are further enhanced by the contemporary version of a Greek kitchen by distinguished chef Andreas Lagos and the team of Ohh Boy Athens. The Cafe – Restaurant of the Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation welcomes all those living or visiting Athens and offers a menu which uses fresh, exclusively Mediterranean products in dishes permeated by the utilisation of fine local produce.
The Cafe - Restaurant and shop are accessible to visitors during the museum opening times without an admission ticket.
The Library contains 6,000 volumes on a broad range of art-related subjects. The Library’s catalogue includes monographs and exhibition catalogues, art journals and more than 500 auction catalogues available to the public in the reading room.
The spaces of the Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation are ideal for hosting events. They can host small and larger events, conferences, corporate presentation, social functions, seminars, workshops and film screenings.
For those wishing to enjoy the experience of the new museum in full and support the Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation activities, the Membership Programme includes seven specially designed categories: Member, Couples, Family, Kids, Young, Seniors, Corporate. Each category comes with exclusive benefits such as free admission to exhibitions and guided tours, discounts for museum activities, participation in events organised for Members only, special Members’ opening times, and others.
Those who sign up for the Membership Programme by 29 September will have the opportunity to enjoy a tour of the museum just before the official opening.
More information at goulandris.gr
Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation 13 Eratosthenous str. 116 35 Athens
Opening Times: Tuesday-Sunday 10.00-18.00 Friday 10.00-22.00 Monday closed
Tickets: General admission 8€, Concessions 6€
Concessions are available for individuals aged 65+, children and teenagers aged 12-17, students, registered unemployed, individuals doing their military service.
Free admission is available for B&E Members, children under 12, disabled and their accompanying person, teachers accompanying school visits, holders of the ICOM – ICOMOS card, certified tour guides, journalists.
*Editor-at-large & PhD candidate of European & International Relations