Walking Tour of Thessaloniki Art Galleries (Self Guided), Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki exhibits both old and new art. Here you may find displayed ancient art from Byzantine period coexisting with contemporary arts presented for sale at numerous shops and galleries around the city. Follow this tour and explore the art treasures of Thessaloniki.
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Walking Tour of Thessaloniki Art Galleries Map

Guide Name: Walking Tour of Thessaloniki Art Galleries
Guide Location: Greece » Thessaloniki (See other walking tours in Thessaloniki)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 Km or 2.5 Miles
Author: vickyc
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Teloglion Foundation of Art
  • Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Christos Vasdekis' Art Gallery
  • Museum of Byzantine Culture
  • Kalfayan Galleries
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Teloglion Foundation of Art

1) Teloglion Foundation of Art

The Teloglion Foundation of Art was established in 1972 with the donation of the entire fortune, along with a very rich art collection, of Nestor and Aliki Teloglou to the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. This collection is now exhibited in a separate building on the university campus. Originally consisted mainly of the 19th and 20th centuries Greek artworks, the collection has now been enriched through further donations made by prominent individuals. At present, it contains ancient items, such as statuettes and pottery from the Hellenistic period, Corinthian and Roman pottery, Persian miniatures, Arabic and Chinese vases and dishes, and the likes. It also features some modern pieces, like the monumental work "The World of Cyprus" by Diamandis.

Operation hours: Tuesday,Thursday,Friday: 9 am - 2 pm; Wednesday: 9 am - 2 pm; 5 pm - 9 pm; Thursday: 7 pm-10 pm; Weekend:10 am-6pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art

2) Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art

The Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art Thessaloniki was founded in 1979 by a group of visionary citizens (Maro Lagia and Alexandros Iolas) of Thessaloniki.

The Board of Directors of the MMCA decided to honour Alexandros Iolas by giving his name to the Museum’s new three-storey wing and to dedicate to him the catalogue of the permanent collection, which now numbers more than one thousand works (paintings, sculptures, installations, assemblages, engravings, photographs), in the hope that the Museum will remain independent, unconventional and open-minded, that is guided by the same principles that charactirised Iolas himself.

At present the MMCA's permanent collection comprises 2000 works by Greek and foreign artists, it is constantly being augmented by gifts from collectors, artists, gallery owners, and private individuals and constantly presented in the museum' s new wing.

Apart from the permanent display, the MMCA has mounted over 100 exhibitions of works by Greek and foreign artists.

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Sight description based on wikipedia
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Christos Vasdekis' Art Gallery

3) Christos Vasdekis' Art Gallery

Christos Vasdekis is a famous Macedonian artist presented in many galleries around the world. He works mainly in oils, pencil, and watercolor. Christos Vasdekis' Art Gallery and Workshop in Thessaloniki displays and sells his work.
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Museum of Byzantine Culture

4) Museum of Byzantine Culture (must see)

The Museum of Byzantine Culture opened in 1994.

To design the museum, a nationwide architectural competition was announced in 1977. The competition was ultimately won by the entry of Kyriakos Krokos. Construction of the building began in March 1989, and was completed in October 1993. Antiquities from the Byzantine & Christian Museum in Athens were transferred in June 1994, some of them being displayed in the museum's inaugural exhibition, "Byzantine Treasures of Thessaloniki: The Return Journey".

The museum currently has three permanent exhibitions. The first, "Early Christian Churches", focuses on the design and decoration of churches in early centuries of Christianity. "Early Christian Cities and Dwellings", presents aspects of economic life, domestic handicrafts, houses, and food and clothing of early Christians, and finally, "From the Elysian Fields to the Christian Paradise" focuses on cemeteries of early Christians, jewellery, sepulchral architecture and painting, cult customs, and clay and glass objects recovered from excavated graves.

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday: 8 am – 8 pm

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Kalfayan Galleries

5) Kalfayan Galleries

Kalfayan Galleries opened first in Athens and then in Thessaloniki, the second largest city of the country. Here you can admire the works of contemporary Greek and foreign artists, including those from the Middle East. The gallery also hosts photo exhibitions.

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