The Collection of the Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation is one of the most important private collections to be assembled in the course of the second half of the 20th century. The primary objective of the new museum built in Athens is to house the collection and make it accessible to all, as was the wish of its founders.
Like all collections, the present one is eminently subjective. Although Basil and Elise Goulandris were surrounded by renowned historians and professionals from the art market already in the early 1950s, the couple chose these works following the criteria of their own personal tastes and aesthetic standards. They built their collection with care, patience and true devotion over a period of nearly fifty years and this with the aim that it would one day be exhibited in their museum.
The Collection focuses on modern and contemporary art by world-renowned artists such as Cézanne, van Gogh, Gauguin, Monet, Degas, Rodin, Toulouse-Lautrec, Bonnard, Picasso, Braque, Léger, Kandinsky, Miró, Giacometti, Balthus, Pollock, Bacon, Lichtenstein and Botero as well as acclaimed modern and contemporary Greek artists including Parthenis, Bouzianis, Vassiliou, Hadjikyriakos-Ghika, Tsarouchis, Moralis, Tetsis, Takis, Chryssa, Stamos and others.
Highlights of the Collection
[...] It all amounts to a fine museum — the only one in Greece, incidentally, where most of these artists can be seen at all. [...]
[...] until now there was nowhere in Greece where the public could see works by 19th- and 20th-century European masters. The new museum has remedied this with works that even a rich US museum would struggle to put together today, by Monet, Degas, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Cézanne, Braque, Picasso, Miró, Kandinsky, Klee, Pollock, Giacometti and Bacon, among others. [...]
[...] L’accrochage permanent présente notamment un vaste panorama de l’histoire de l’art du XXe siècle en rassemblant des pièces de Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, Rodin, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Monet, Picasso, Kandinsky, Klee, Léger, Modigliani, Bacon, Ernst. [...]
[...] The new Neo-classical-inspired building that will house their collection—an 11 story-space, with 5 floors dug below ground—includes works by European masters such as Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet and Auguste Rodin. Among the first works visitors will see in the museum is a 1966 portrait of Elise by Marc Chagall in 1966. [...]
[...] Ce musée d’art moderne et contemporain ouvert par la Fondation Basil et Elise Goulandris permet enfin de retracer le fil d’une considérable collection, mais aussi d’un âge d’or du marché de l’art. [...]
[...] Surtout, l’exposition et son épais catalogue, très documenté, permettent de se plonger dans la constitution d’un ensemble de très haut niveau, de retracer les provenances et le timing d’achats réalisés pour la majorité d’entre eux avant que le marché ne s’emballe pour l’art moderne et d’après-guerre. [...]
[...] Finally, the Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation was completed and opened in 2019. Its collection is impressive. [...] If you find yourself in Athens, you should definitely pay a visit and view the entire collection. [...]
[...] Le 2 octobre 2019 la capitale grecque acquiert un des plus importants musée d’Europe, le Musée Goulandris d’Art contemporain. [...]