I have visited the Museum of Cycladic Art multiple times and am always impressed by the incredible collection of Cycladic and ancient Greek art on display. Founded in 1986, the museum owes its existence to the passion and dedication of Nikolaos and Dolly Goulandris, who carefully curated this impressive collection.
The museum is housed in a neoclassical building designed by Ioannis Vikelas, conveniently located in the heart of Athens. The addition of the Stathatos Mansion in 1991, designed by the renowned German architect Ernst Ziller, has provided the museum with additional space for temporary exhibitions.
Exploring the museum is an immersive experience, with each floor dedicated to a different period or aspect of Cycladic and ancient Greek art. The first floor showcases the iconic marble statues and vases of the Cycladic collection, while the second floor offers a journey from the Greek Bronze Age to the Roman period.
The third floor features an impressive collection of Cypriot antiquities, and the fourth floor is home to ancient Greek art and rare figurines from the island of Keros. The museum continuously expands its collection through generous donations, such as the one made by Carlo Politis in 1989.
One of the most striking aspects of the Cycladic art on display is the seemingly modern and minimalist design of the marble figurines, which demonstrates the timeless nature of ancient Greek artistry.
As a local, I highly recommend the Museum of Cycladic Art to anyone visiting Athens. It offers a unique insight into the artistic and cultural heritage of the Cycladic islands and the broader region, and it is an essential stop for anyone interested in art and history.
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