Averoff Mu­seum: A trea­sure trove of mod­ern Greek art in Metsovo

Kathimerini English - - Focus - BY AIMILIOS CHARBIS

Dozens of peo­ple milled around the court­yard and foyer of the Evan­ge­los Averoff Mu­seum in Metsovo in north­west­ern Greece as peo­ple of all ages at­tended the in­au­gu­ra­tion of “Get to Know Meso­longi Through Art,” an ex­hi­bi­tion which runs through De­cem­ber 8 and in­cludes pieces from the pri­vate col­lec­tion of Chris­tos Moschan­dreou.

Com­mis­sioned by the Chris­tos and Sophia Moschan­dreou Gallery of Mod­ern Art of Meso­longi, the pieces in­clude oil paint­ings, wa­ter­col­ors, etch­ings, wood carv­ings and sculp­tures by 60 ac­claimed Greek artists, in­clud­ing Gior­gos Var­lamos, Maria Ktistopoulou and Alekos Fas­sianos. Over a pe­riod of around 10 years, the artists were in­vited by the gallery to spend time in Meso­longi, get­ting a feel of the his­toric town and its fas­ci­nat­ing land­scapes and then trans­lat­ing their ex­pe­ri­enc­ing into art. The re­sult of the project is Moschan­dreou’s col­lec­tion, which of­fers a clear and com­pre­hen­sive ap­proach to the sub­ject, which is Meso­longi it­self.

How­ever, it must be said that a visit to the Averoff Mu­seum in Metsovo is worth it for its own per­ma­nent col­lec­tion too. Few peo­ple know that it is a trea­sure trove of mod­ern Greek art, sec­ond only to the Na­tional Gallery in Athens, with which the mu­seum col­lab­o­rates on tem­po­rary exhibitions as well as in other ar­eas of common in­ter­est.

Olga Met­zafou, a sci­en­tific ad­viser and cu­ra­tor at the Na­tional Gallery, gave us a tour of the col­lec­tion, show­ing us how dif­fer­ent trends and tech­niques have emerged and evolved in Greek art, and how they were cap­tured in works by cel­e­brated artists like Nik­i­foros Ly­tras, Niko­laos Gyzis, Con­stanti­nos Parthe­nis, Yian­nis Mo­ralis, Nikos Had­jikyr­i­akos-Ghika and many oth­ers.

The mu­seum was opened in 1988 by politi­cian and art afi­cionado Evan­ge­los Averoff-Tosit­sas (or Tos­sizza) as a home for the col­lec­tion. To­day, it is in the care of his daugh­ter, Ta­tiana Averoff, who has con­tin­ued her fa­ther’s legacy and en­riched the in­sti­tu­tion’s col­lec­tion and pro­gram of ac­tiv­i­ties. One of th­ese new ac­tiv­i­ties is a chil­dren’s work­shop aimed at help­ing shape the next gen­er­a­tion of Greek artists.

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