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Opening ceremony after the reconstruction of the National Art Gallery in Athens

The National Art Gallery, founded in 1900, is the largest and one of the oldest functioning cultural institutions in Greece. It bears the name of one of the founders, lawyer and philanthropist Alexandros Sutsos.

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The collection of the museum, which originally consisted of 258 works from the collections of the National University of Athens and the Polytechnic University, now numbers over 15 thousand works. It covers the period from the middle of the 15th century to the present day and includes painting, graphics, ancient icons, sculpture, art installations, etc. The main emphasis is on the works of Greek artists of the ΧΙΧ – XX centuries.

The modern building of the museum, the construction of which began in 1964 according to the design of the modernist architects N. Mutsopoulos, P. Milonas and D. Faturos, was opened in the center of the capital in 1976. From June 2012 to March 2021, the building was overhauled and renovated using modern materials and technologies, which made it possible to expand its area and ensure natural illumination of the halls.

The grand opening of the renovated building takes place as part of the celebrations marking the 200th anniversary of the start of the Greek National Liberation Revolution. An exhibition of paintings dedicated to the struggle of the Greeks for independence, which led to the formation of the modern Greek state, was timed to coincide with the ceremony.

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