Bank of Greece opens art vaults for Benaki Annexe show of Greek painters

An exhibition of 160 paintings from the art collection of the Bank of Greece will open to the public at the Benaki Museum Annexe on Pireos Street on Thursday.

“Frames of Reference: From the Collection of the Bank of Greece” celebrates the bank’s 90th anniversary and includes Greek paintings of 19th and mid-20th century rarely shown in public.

The exhibition is jointly organised by the bank’s Center for Culture, Research and Documentation and the Benaki Museum.

Some of the artists included are Constantinos Volanakis, Nikolaos Gyzis, Valias Semertzidis, Yiannis Tsarouchis, Spyros Vassiliou and Panagiotis Tetsis. The sole sculpture is “Head of a Satyr” by Yiannoulis Chalepas (1878).

Bank center director Panagiotis Panagakis and curator Chari Kanellopoulou said the collection began in 1928 and was continually enriched with additions. The bank “made great purchases of contemporary painters” in 2014, and the center has “a budget for the purchase of art work.”

The show will be inaugurated by Greek President Prokopios Pavlopoulos on Wednesday evening and a catalogue will be available for purchase, the revenues of which will be donated to “Margarita”, a center providing career training for people with mental disabilities.


138 Pireos & Andronikou Streets, 11854 Athens (Tavros)

Thursdays & Sundays 10:00 -18:00, Fridays & Saturdays 10:00 – 22:00

March 15 – May 20, 2018

General admission 8 euros