A private museum space in the heart of Athens, under the shadow of the Acropolis, opened its doors to friends of the fine arts in the summer of 2004. The exhibition program consists of artists who play or have played an important role in the evolution of Art.
Mr. Paul Firos and his wife Anna-Belinda, collectors and art lovers, were inspired to create this new private museum by their love of neoclassic buildings and their commitment to preserve such buildings. This is combined with their desire to share with others their enthusiasm for the fine arts and thus contribute to the artistic life of Athens.
The museum's mission is to introduce visitors to the art of the exhibited artist, to show how the artist has evolved through the various important periods in his or her career, to explain the various techniques used by the artist to express his or her vision, and to help the visitors connect to both the artist's life and work. To accomplish this, not only will works of the artist
be on exhibit, but also preparatory sketches, drawings, photographs and personal items. Audiovisual and other aids provide complete and detailed information on the life of the artist, each phase of his or her work, and his or her techniques.
In addition to the permanent collections, the museum "Herakleidon, Experience in Visual Arts" hosts exhibitions of work by Greek and foreign artists. The museum also hosts other events, such as musical performances, literary events, book presentations, scientific and other seminars, corporate presentations, conferences, and lectures beyond those pertaining to the visual arts.
The Museum Shop offers a wide selection of collectables that have been inspired by the museum's exhibits including M.C. Escher, Victor Vasarely, Carol Wax, Constatin Xenakis, Adolf Luther and Toulouse-Lautrec.
Herakleidon, Experience in Visual Arts is located at:
16 Herakleidon St., Thissio
Tel.: 210 34 61 981
Fax: 210 34 58 225
Getting to the Museum By Metro - Train:
From the "Thissio" stop, after getting to street level, turn right and follow the pedestrian street Apostolou Pavlou (walk up towards the Acropolis). At Londos Restaurant-Cafe turn right onto Herakleidon St. Keep to your right and follow the pedestrian street. Herakleidon, Experience in Visual Arts is number 16, just past the cafes on your right.
Getting to the Museum From the Acropolis (on foot):
After leaving the Acropolis, follow the pedestrian street Apostolou Pavlou down towards Thissio. When you reach the Londos Cafe-Restaurant (on your left hand side), turn left onto Herakleidon St. Keep to your right and follow the pedestrian street. Herakleidon, Experience in Visual Arts is number 16, just past the cafes on your right.
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