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National Art Gallery Closes for Renovation

pinakothikiAccording to the project directors, the National Art Gallery of Athens is to close for major renovations on March 4, and is scheduled to reopen by Christmas 2015.
The new gallery will include an additional 11,040 square meters. Other changes include a new glass front, an additional floor in the rear building, an amphitheater seating 450, and a cafe looking out on the Acropolis and Lycabettus Hill. Internal ramps are going to facilitate movement from one storey to the other and the building’s stability is also set to be improved.
The renovation project is estimated to cost around 45 million euros, 32 million of which are covered by European structural funds (ESPA) while the rest by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. The preparatory plans were paid by the Maria Tsakos Foundation.
Details of this project were presented at a press conference attended by Alternate Culture Minister Kostas Tzavaras, Ministry Secretary General Lina Mendoni and Gallery Director Marina Lambraki-Plaka. The director stated that the gallery had hosted six million visitors within the last twenty years, of whom only 5% were tourists, Amna reported.
The priceless art will be temporarily housed in the National Bank vaults at Magoula Attikis and the Goudi Sculpture museum in Goudi, where some 120 of the Gallery’s sculptures are going to be shown in revolving exhibitions.

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