Myths and Symbols in Modern Greek Art

Jun 10, 2024 — Mar 30, 2025 • Category: Events
Location: Town

Housed in the Nafplion annex of the National Gallery, “Myths and Symbols in Modern Greek Art” (19th - early 20th century) is an enthralling exhibition promising a unique perspective on modern art and artists of Greece.

In each piece showcased in the exhibit, visitors will note the incorporation, interpretation, and transformation of ancient Greek artistry and mythological themes by each artist. Featuring an impressive collection of sculptures, paintings, and drawings, they all paint a picture of the country’s rich artistic history, while also highlighting the artistic evolution and innovations that occurred up to the early 1900s.

Through the exhibition, the evolution of each artist is also on full display, with pieces from both the earlier and later years of their careers being highlighted. Initially, the incorporation of ancient myths by Greek artists adhered to the conventions of academic art. With the rise of European Symbolism in the late 19th century, however, an all-new and revolutionary wave of myth-infused art emerged, that blended ancient artistry with a more modern approach, and set the stage for the avant-garde movement of the 20th century.

The entire collection of artworks exhibited comes from the collections of the National Gallery/Alexandros Soutsos Museum and the E.Koutlidis Foundation. It includes works from artists such as Ioannis Kossos, Georgios Vroutos, Thomas Thomopoulos, Konstantinos Dimitriadis, and others. The exhibition welcomes guests every day of the week except for Tuesday and will be open until the 30th of March 2025.