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Municipal Gallery of Rhodes or Museum of Modern Greek Art of the Municipality of Rhodes

The Municipal Gallery of Rhodes is housed in a nice building situated at Symi square, just at the entrance of the medieval town. It has been established in 1962 by Andreas Ioannou, an eminent scholar of Modern Greek Painting, who was then prefect of the Prefecture of Dodecanese.

Today the Gallery has one of the most representative and authoritative collections of Greek Painting and Engraving of the 20th century. All the important Greek painters of the past century, who worked creatively during the last century and developed the features of modern Greek painting, are represented in the Gallery with at least one characteristic work. The majority of the painters presented were born after 1863.

Just as an example, one could mention some of them, known not only in Greece, but also in Europe: Maleas, Kontoglou, Parthenis, Theophilos , Hadjikyriakos-Ghikas, Vassiliou, Spyropoulos, Gaitis, Fassianos, Kessanlis, Chr. Botsoglou, Moralis, Tsarouchis, Diamantopoulos, Lytras, Gounaropoulos, Engonopoulos and many others, whose works have also been presented in exhibitions both in Greece and abroad. In fact, there are more than 150 painters and hundreds of works.

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Apart from the important collection of paintings, the Gallery has also a very nice and rich collection of etchings, of all engraving techniques (wood engravings, lithography, chalcography, aquatint) dated from 16th to 20th century. You will also see designs, sketches, sculptures and various documents.

Very important and interesting are also collections of Etchings and Maps of Rhodes, the Dodecanese and the Aegean, which comprises numerous maps and etchings of various places of Greece, of Asia Minor and above all of the island and the town of Rhodes. This collection is a donation of the philhellene family of Noel Woolrych and especially of their daughter Zoe Woolrych York .

Apart from the central building at Symi square, several other buildings in the town host the activities of the Museum. In 2002 it was established the New Gallery, which has been housed in a modern building at the scenic “Square with the 100 palm trees”. Several artistic activities, education programs and other cultural and artistic events take place here.

Finally, the Center of Modern Art is housed in the building of “Palio Syssitio”, in Socratous Street, one of the central streets f the medieval town. The principal work of the Center is to organize exhibitions, mainly of younger artists.

Education, especially of young people, is one of the main aims of the Museum.

The impression of the visitors of the Museum coincides with the aims of the organisers of it. For them it is essential that the visitor has understood and felt Greece through the glance and the sensibility of the Greek painters of the recent past. Also it is essential that the visitor becomes the vector of the idea that Greece has an original character, which, always and even today, is a result of giving and receiving cultural features and ideas.
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