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The Ghika Gallery - Benaki | Athens Open Tour
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The Ghika Gallery – Benaki

The permanent exhibition was organised by the artist himself, and comprises works representing all aspects of his creative activity. Temporary thematic displays of Hadjikyriakos-Ghika’s oeuvre are held in the gallery to show items not included in the permanent exhibition, such as drawings, small-scale sculptures, and works inspired by ancient Greek art. The museum represents the first ever attempt in Greece to create an imprint of the overall intellectual output, underscoring the internal dialectic relationships between different forms of expression of the human spirit. Artistic creations (painting, sculpture, engravings, music, theatre, cinema, photography) encounter architecture, the art of the word (literature, poetry, philology, criticism), but also historical and philosophical thought. Through works of art, manuscripts, publications, photographs and personal artefacts belonging to two-hundred-and-one artists and intellectuals, visitors can partake of an exciting journey through the world of ideas in Greece in the twentieth century. The materials on display are an eloquent record of the concerns, the anxieties, and the achievements of creative Greeks, highlighting the relationships that existed between them, and especially their ongoing debate with corresponding concerns that existed in the rest of Europe. This final aspect is crucial, given that during this period in particular, the focal presence of the Thirties Generation, established a need for a constant flow of intellectual ideas between Greece and the rest of Europe.

Important Information & Collection information

Tickets must be redeemed at the Museum’s cashier.Please have your iVenture Card present.

  • Email Address
    ghika_gallery@benaki.gr
  • Open Hours
    Friday -Saturday: 10:00 - 18:00
  • Closed Days
    Monday, Tuesday and the following holidays: March 25th, May 1st, August 15th, October 28th, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, New Year's Day, Epiphany, Easter Day, Easter Monday, Clean Monday, Holy Spirit Day.
  • Phone
    +30 210 3615702
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Visit the house of the famous Greek artist Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika

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A building full of galleries which highlight the intellectual and artistic output of Greece during the Interwar Years

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The ground floor contains an urban drawing room with works by French painters from the begining of the twentieth century, in memory of Gustave Boissière

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An entire floor (3rd) with paintings, drawings, sculptures, set designs, manuscripts, illustrated books, photographs, as well as furnishings from the Hadjikyriakos-Ghika houses on the island of Hydra and on Kriezotou Street

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The Library forms a significant part of the Gallery, with rare illustrated editions and more than 7,000 volumes mainly on Art History

Tour Location

3 Kriezotou St. 10671 Athens