Municipal Art Gallery of Thessaloniki - Vila Bianca
The Municipal Art Gallery of Thessaloniki is housed in a wonderful building, fine example of the eclectic style of architecture that flourished in Thessaloniki, especially in the then suburban district known as "the Towers" or "the Villas", at the turn of the century. The building was the creation of the famous Italian artist Piedro Arrigoni. Its construction started in 1911 and was completed in 1913 by Ntemprelis Tzortzis Siagas after the city’s liberation by the Greek Army.
The gallery is home to an impressive collection of Byzantine icons, as well as works of Thessalonian artists, including engravings and other works. Besides its permanent exhibitions, the gallery hosts many temporary exhibitions of Greek and foreign artists and regularly collaborates with art foundations and museums from Greece and abroad.
Thus it has presented such artists as Max Ernst and Nikos Engonopoulos (in 1997), Theofilos Hadzimihaïl (in 1998), and, for the first time in Greece, the works of Nikolaos Gyzis owned by his family (in late 1999). The latter include drawings and oil paintings from Gyzis’s travels in Greece, Asia Minor, and Germany, family portraits and scenes, allegorical subjects, genre paintings, and still lifes.
Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10:00 - 16:00, Saturday, Sunday and Monday Closed
Entrance fee: Free
Address: 180, Vasilissis Olgas & 3, Themistokli Sofouli St., 54646 Thessaloniki
The jurisdiction of the Municipal Gallery fall two more buildings, on which there are exhibitions and events, the Yeni Mosque, Archaeological Museum of 30 and Alatza Imaret, Kassandrou str. 91-93.
Yeni Mosque Tuesday - Friday 10:00 - 18:00, Saturday 11:00 - 15:00, Sunday & Monday closed, tel. +30 2310 857978
Alatza Imaret Tuesday - Sunday 11:00 - 18:00, Monday closed, tel. +30 2310 278587