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Municipal Art Gallery

Κοινωνικός Διαμοιρασμός :

Δημοτική Πινακοθήκα Κατσίγρα

In 1981, Larissa virtuoso surgeon C. I. Katsigras announced the donation of 700 paintings from the 19th and 20th century had collected from 1950 to about 1965. In 1983, the Board of Larissa founded the organization 'Municipal Art Gallery of Larissa - GI Museum Katsigras', including works already owned by the City and what was to become in the future. From 1992 to 2003 the works in the collection Katsigras exposed on two floors of Chatzigianneio Municipal Cultural Centre.

Today the Gallery is housed in a modern new building in the Quarter Naples. The choice of the architectural solution was after Panhellenic Architectural Competition in 1984. The building was constructed in 1991 and was completed in 2003 when it was inaugurated by the former President of the Republic Mr. Stephanopoulos. The building works to the highest standards as organized based on modern museological, museographic studies and procurement of appropriate equipment.

 

The area of the land where the building is 10,000 m2. The building has two floors with a total area of ​​7.285 m2 basement (ground floor - 2.788 m2, upper floor - 2.513 m2 Basement - 1,983 m2).

 

The ground floor includes: library (250 m2), auditorium 250 seats (400 m2), cafeteria, foyer (480 m2), art workshops, administration offices. The first floor includes: G.I.Katsigra museum, exhibition space (1000 m2), relaxation areas, outdoor exhibition spaces. The basement includes: conservation laboratories and storage of tables, general stores, photo lab, heating, spaces for Security guards.

Core of the Gallery is the Katsigras collection, with 700 original works and 50 more, donated in 1998 by GI Katsigras. This collection includes fine examples of 19th century painting (Lytras Iakovidis, Gizis, Duke, Volonakis, Savvides, Vikatos etc.) and 20th century (Galanis, Gounaropoulos, N. And II. Lytras Maleas, Trantafyllidis, Parthenis, Steris, Regos, Goldasis etc.), oils, watercolors, drawings, engravings, as in the 1960s.
According to its statute, the Municipal Art Gallery of Larissa sets the initial objectives:

  • Running reports in all areas of visual arts for the promotion and dissemination of art.
  • The operation of free workshops and classrooms, organization and function library (reading room and lending in the visual arts), organization of lectures and related events generally related to Arts. Promote the work of local artistic creation.
  • Rescue, conservation and dissemination of the work of folk art.
  • Cooperation with other bodies having similar purposes, artists and their unions.

  • Administration

    George Papandreou Avenue 2
    41334, Neapolh Larisa
    Contact Numbers:
    2410-623615, 2410-621205 Head of Administration, Penelope Valassa
    2410-621204, 2410-671176Financial Management Office, George Agapitos - Joanna Deligianni - Chrisoula Panagopoulou
    2410-616266 Shop, Basiliki Kostarellou
    2410-616266 Security Guards
    2410-670496 Free Workshop, Marina Papoutsi
    email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The collection Katsigras estimated by experts, the National Gallery directors, historians, painters as the best and most important after the collection of the National Gallery and the collection Koutlidis.
The Municipality of Larissa already held a small collection of 210 works, mainly locals, artists, she added. Since its inception in 1983, the gallery has acquired other 200 paintings, sculptures and engravings, many of which were donated by the same artists (B. Katraki, Bost, Sari, Prekas, Asteriadis Tassos and many others) and continues the acquiring new, after the Commission proposal Art.
The GI Katsigras also donated his priceless collectible furnishings of the clinic, previous idioktisiaErrikou Schliemann, design E. Ziller.
Finally, and offered his collection of books and art magazines (about 1200 titles), many of which are in scarce, depleted or rare editions.

In the new building include:

  • 1st floor fairgrounds (area 2,510 sq.m.)
  • Meeting room and offices of the Board and the President
  • Reception, Shop, Showroom of versions of M.A.G.
  • Bookstore Art publications and other brochures.
  • Auditorium 220 seats, well equipped for lectures, screenings, workshops, musical events etc.
  • Spaces of Free Workshop, teaching and administration offices.

Basement Lab Photography and warehouses for storage of art works, maintenance workshops.
The M.A.G. It is a public entity and is managed by a 11-member Board which is renewed every four years. According to the donor's request, President is the Mayor of Larissa. The remaining members are appointed proportionally from the wings of the City Council, to their alternates.

  • Current Board

    President:
    The Mayor of Larissa Mr. Kalogiannis Apostolos, recharged by Councillor Mr. Kaltsa Nikolaos
    Vice President:
    The Municipal Executive Mrs. Psarra-Perhfanou Anna, recharged by Councillor Mr. Mavidis Dimitrios
    Members:
    Mrs. Lytra Victoria replenishing from Mr. Bonias Nikolaos
    Mrs. Mpampalh Jenny replenishing from Mr. Ntontou Katerina
    Mr. Zissopoulos Vaios recharged by Mr. Papanotas Stefanos
    Mrs. Miga Kaltsogianni Despina replenishing from Mrs. Sdrali Helen
    Mrs. Vaia Paliotzika replenishing from Mrs. Mitrakou Basiliki
    Mrs. Voulgaraki Chrysa replenishing from Mr. Ntanou Basiliki Maria
    The Councilor Mr. Xiromeritis Marios recharged by Mr. Agoritsas Christos
    Mr. Chatziavraam Athanasios recharged by Ms. Ganochoritou Gonh
    Mrs. Grimpa Catherine replenishing from Mrs. Exarchou Dimitra

The Artistic Committee is an advisory body appointed by the Board and involves 7 members, artists, historians of art, Larissa and other cities.

According to its statute, the Municipal Art Gallery of Larissa sets the initial objectives:

  • Running reports in all areas of visual arts for the promotion and dissemination of art.
  • The operation of free workshops and classrooms, organization and function library (reading room and lending in the visual arts), organization of lectures and related events generally related to Arts.
  • Promote the work of local artistic creation.
  • Rescue, conservation and dissemination of the work of folk art.
  • Cooperation with other bodies having similar purposes, artists and their unions.

PLANNED ACTIVITIES

Library Function: With core collection of books GI Katsigras and the continuous enrichment with art books, albums, catalogs, magazines, etc. theoretical texts, a remarkable Art library was created, covering the needs of students, the public and researchers in the wider Thessaly.
The canteen of the Municipal Gallery, in front of the garden, a living part of the room, with independent functioning and pleasant atmosphere, good music, events and interesting happenings.