The Frissiras Museum in Athens, is the only museum for contemporary European painting in Greece. Located in the Plaka area of Athens, the Frissiras Museum houses rotating exhibitions, featuring contemporary European artists.
The Frissiras Museum
Founded by Vlassis Frissiras, the museum opened its doors to the public in December 2000. A passionate art collector, Vlassis Frissiras donated his private collection of over 3500 peieces of art to the museum. It is now run as a not-for-profit foundation by the family.
The museum features temporary exhibitions based upon a central theme. I visited during February of 2016, and the exhibition was entitled ‘Elles'. This exhibition featured paintings from 67 female artists, and all the works were drawn from the private collection of the museum. The Elles exhibition at the Frissiras Museum ran from 9 December 2015, and is due to end at the end of June in 2016.
The museum itself is housed in a renovated, neo-classical style building. Spread out over four floors, the it was well lit by a combination of excellent natural light, and well thought out interior lighting. Each room had plenty of space, and the art was laid out perfectly. Unfortunately, this was one of those museums where ‘no photos are allowed'. I do find this highly irritating! My favourite artist exhibiting there, was Daniela Stamatiadi. She had a series of paintings in a collection called ‘The lies we wear'. The one called ‘The Queen Complex' was my particular favourite.
My general thoughts on the Frissiras Museum, are that it is a very pleasant place to visit, especially if you are an art enthusiast. You can spend as long or as short a time you like in an art museum, but I would say to allow about three quarters of an hour. There is also a small cafe inside, although it was closed when I visited.
Essential Information for Visiting the Frissiras Museum
The Frissiras Museum is located at 3 & 7, Monis Asteriou in Plaka, Athens. The opening hours are Wednesday to Friday: 10:00 – 17:00, and Saturday and Sunday: 11:00 – 17:00, and the museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. When it comes to the entry fee, it is a quite steep 6 Euros per adult. Concessions can gain entry at half the price. I visited the Frissiras Museum as part of my ongoing project to see every museum in Athens. Please read this article for a full list of museums in Athens.