The Modern Greek Art Museum displays works of sculpture, painting, drawing and engraving, along with documents of historical value. The purpose of the Museum is to present the history of Greece through the eyes and the soul of Greek artists of the 20th century.
Three buildings comprise the Museum of the Modern Greek Art in Rhodes.
The Museum of Modern Greek Art is situated at the entrance of the Medieval Town, 2, Symi Square. The Administration Offices are also housed in this building tel. (0030) 22410-23766, fax (0030) 22410-36646.
The preparations for the creation of the Municipal Art Gallery of Rhodes started in 1950 and the opening ceremony was held in 1964. Andreas Ioannou, a distinguished student of Modern Greek Art and at the same time the prefect of Dodecanese was the first to vision the creation of the Museum of Modern Greek Art of the 20th century in Rhodes.
The Municipal Art Gallery housing one of most significant collections of the Modern Greek Painting in Greece, hosting a total of 690 exhibits. Featuring works by Maleas, Bouzianis, Kontoglou, Theofilos, Vassiliou, Hadzikyriakos-Gikas, Spyropoulos and other prominent Greek artists, is an invaluable experience for the scholar of Modern Greek painting.
The visitor has the opportunity to see some of the most significant examples of their work. Many of the paintings have been part of official exhibitions, both in Greece and abroad.
The New Gallery of the Modern Greek Art Museum located in the picturesque Hundred Palms Square near the historic "Grande Albergo delle Rose" hotel. New Town G. Haritos Square tel. (0030) 22410-43780-2.
In 2002 work was completed to convert a multi-story building, donated by Ioannis and Paola Nestoridis, into the newest addition to the Museum of Modern Greek Art . Since then, the permanent collection of paintings and sculpture is on exhibit there. It has a small open-air amphitheatre and a lecture hall.
The Gallery today houses one of the most representative and authoritative collections of 20th-century.
The collection of the Municipal Art Gallery includes works by K. Maleas, C. Parthenis, F. Kontoglou, Theophilos, N. Hadjikyriakos-Ghikas, Sp. Vassiliou, J. Spyropoulos, Y. Gaitis, Fassianos, Kessanlis, Chr. Botsoglou, Moralis, Tsarouchis and many other Greek artists.
The Gallery of the Modern Art Centre situated at the main thoroughfare in the Medieval Town "Palaio Syssitio", 179, Sokratous str. tel. (0030) 22410-77071.
In 2000 the museum acquired the use of the "Palaio Syssitio" (Old Almshouse) building as an exhibition hall.
It houses the maps and engravings of Rhodes and other islands of the Dodecanese which were donated by Mrs. Zoe York. From time to time, the Modern Art Center organizes exhibitions of works of art created by contemporary artists.
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