Tour the Teloglion Foundation of Art in Thessaloniki

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Thessaloniki is a city with a rich tradition of art and culture. If you want to explore this side of the Greek city while visiting Thessaloniki, you will want to spend time touring the Teloglion Foundation of Art. Here’s what you should know about the Teloglion Foundation of Art.

About the Teloglion Foundation of Art

The Teloglion Foundation was founded in 1971 thanks to the donation of personal property and the impressive art collection of Aliki and Nestor Teloglou. The donation was gifted to the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and in 1999, the building was passed on to the city of Thessaloniki. This is one of the most important collections of art in Greece, containing more than 8,000 pieces. The collection ranges from Modern Greek to European art. The bond that the collection owners had with the artists makes this collection even more special.

The goal of the Teloglion Foundation of Art is to inspire and education the public with art. They hope that people will not only be interested in learning about art of the past and present, but become inspired to collect art themselves and study more about their culture.

Tour the Teloglion Foundation of Art in Thessaloniki

Located at the northern side of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki campus, the Teloglion Foundation of Art is housed in a 6,500 square meter building that is surrounded by an impressive 24,000 square meter forest. The design of the building was decided via a competition that was held in 1982.

A tour of the museum will take you over three floors and 2,500 square meters. The exhibitions are divided into small areas and different rooms. Each area is monitored for humidity, temperature, and light to protect the showcased pieces. Collections at the Teloglion Foundation include paintings from 1930’s artists such as Tsarouchis and Gounaropoulos; sculptures by artists including Pastra and Sklavos; portraits and other important pieces from the Eptanisian School; and much more. There is also a European art collection that includes pieces by Salvator Rosa, Boucher, and others.

At the Teloglion Foundation of Art you will also have access to temporary exhibits. This is a unique opportunity to see art that you might not otherwise have the chance to view.

How to Get to the Teloglion Foundation of Art

Getting to Thessaloniki is convenient as it is accessible by most means of transportation. Thessaloniki is home to an airport, so if you’re coming from a distance within Greece or from one of 60 foreign cities, this is your best option. If you enjoy travelling by train, Thessaloniki is home to a train station. You can also get to the city via bus, cruise ship, or car.

Once in Thessaloniki, the main modes of transportation are taxis and bus. If you enjoy biking, this is an option that is becoming more popular in the city. You can also walk as the distance between landmarks, the coastline, and places to eat are not far from each other. Walking is a wonderful way to get around while exploring more of the city at your own pace.

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