Not pretending to be the largest center for contemporary arts, Thessaloniki still has a lot to offer even for a very demanding visitor. So, if you’re interested in contemporary art – here are the tips where to enjoy it in Thessaloniki:
1. Meet Russian avant-garde in the State Museum of Contemporary Art
Based in the renovated building of Lazariston Monastery in the area of Stavroupoli, this museum is a real must for those who’re interested in avant-garde. Kostaki collection, the pearl of this museum, consists of 1275 different art works of well-known Russian avant-garde artists – Malevich, Rodchenko, Kandinsky and Lissitzky among others.
Apart from the Kostaki collection, the museum has a big amount of works by Greek and foreign artists and organizes temporary exhibitions in Greece and worldwide.
Adress: 21, Kolokotroni str., Moni Lazariston
56430 Stavroupoli, Thessaloniki
Price: €3, €1.50 (reduced)
Working hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00-18:00
2. Explore the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary art
Founded in 1979 by a group of friends who were the citizens and lovers of art, this museum offers a wide collection of 2000 works made by greek and foreign artists. Apart from that, the museum held more than 100 exhibitions including very significant names like Andy Warhol, Fluxus, Max Ernst etc. and organizes educational workshops and lectures.
Adress: Egnatia 154 (on the grounds of Thessaloniki International Fair)
THURSDAY: 10:00 – 22:00
FRIDAY: 10:00 – 19:00
SATURDAY: 10:00 – 18:00
SUNDAY: 11:00 – 15:00
Price €4, €2 (reduced)
3. Enjoy the view and the collection in the innovative Teloglion Foundation
Located on the outskirts of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki campus, this museum is a part of university itself. Most of its exhibits come from the Teloglou family donation, which was the reason why it was founded in 1972. The collection includes both works of art by important 19th and 20th century Greek and European artists, including oil paintings, water colors, drawings, engravings, sculptures. The museum also pays lots of attention to research and scientific work.
Adress: Agiou Dimitriou 159A
Monday-Tuesday, Thursday-Friday: 09.00-14.00, Wednesday: 09.00-14.00 & 17.00-21.00, Saturday-Sunday: 10.00-18.00
Price: €5, €2.50 (reduced)
4.Visit Art Thessaloniki international contemporary art Fair
This important annual event is organised by TIF (HELEXPO S.A.) together with Pantelis Tsatsis, Artistic Director and takes part in December. This is basically an event for communication between galleries and art buyers, but also a great opportunity to see independent, fresh and innovative works of art.
5. Look around while strolling the streets of the city
Thessaloniki is a great place for those who appreciate street art. You can see various graffities – from small unnoticeable tags to great peaces of art placed on the brandmauers. Just keep your head up while walking on Egnatia, Tsimiski, in Ano Poli district, in Navarinou square and near Rotunda. Finish your artistic walk looking at Umbrellas sculpture at the seafront.
Text: Elizaveta Loginova