The Museum of Cycladic Art hosts a rare collection of figurines and objects of ancient Greek art that belonged to Goulandris’ family. The museum is housed in a building that is designed for this purpose since 1986 and in 1991 expanded into a new wing, the neoclassical Stathatos’ Mansion, an Ernst Ziller’s architectural piece of work located at the corner of Vasilissis Sophias and Herodotus Streets.
The collection of the famous family did not take long to become famous among scholars and historians mainly due to rare findings of Cycladic culture. The Cycladic civilization flourished in the cluster of Cyclades islands in the central Aegean Sea, between 3200 and 2000 BC.
The most prominent findings are marble figurines representing mostly women figures with hands folded over belly and face with distinctive nose. The abstract art, the simple lines of the figurines highlight the simplicity that influenced the artists of the 20th century. A figurine is referred to as “the Modigliani’s figure” showing the degree of influence that still impose these little statuettes aged 5000 years!
Apart from the permanent collections, the Museum of Cycladic Art receives widespread attention because of the significant temporary exhibitions, the collections of ancient art and modern art collections in giving the artists of our time the opportunity to show their work.
How to get there: Metro:
Line 3: stations Evangelismos, Syntagma (Line 3 terminates at the Eleftherios Venizelos Airport)
Line 2: station Syntagma Buses:
Α5, Ε6, Ε7, Χ14, 054, 200, 203, 204, 220, 221, 224, 235, 408, 608, 622, 732, 815 Trolley – Buses:
3, 7, 13