The Municipal Gallery of Arta “”G. Moralis”” was inaugurated in December 2010 and is housed in the renovated building of the former Fire department on Nik. Plastira Street., no. 13. It has two main spaces, one of which hosts the permanent collection and the other the periodical exhibitions.
The Gallery’s permanent collection includes works mainly by contemporary Greek artists such as Mytaras, Botsoglou, Patraskidis, Psychopedis, Milios, and some foreign artists.
Some of the services of the Gallery are the continuous organization of periodic exhibitions, the enrichment of the existing permanent collection, the guided tours, and the educational programs. Its ultimate goal is the development of art education and its permanent and active presence in the city’s cultural activity.
The periodic exhibitions that have taken place in the Gallery so far have opened the way for the people of Arta to get acquainted with art, facilitating, in general, the continuous approach of culture. Indicatively, we could mention artistic events and influential artists who have exhibited in the Gallery such as Vassilios Stavrou, Apostolos Tsirogiannis & Dimitris Ratsikas, students of Moralis, many artists, graduates of Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA), Eva Mela, President of the Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece, Theodoros Papagiannis (professor of ASFA) with the exhibition of his sculptures ‘The Procession,’ Kostis Schizakis in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts of Heraklion, Crete, Costas Balafas with a collection of photographs, etc.
The most important exhibition organized at the Municipal Gallery of Arta (December 4, 2021 – February 6, 2022) is the presentation of works by Moralis entitled “”Giannis Moralis. In his hometown””. The exhibition was held under the auspices of the Greek Parliament in collaboration with the Municipality of Arta & the “”Society for the Study, Research and Promotion of Modern Greek Art / Giannis Moralis Laboratory.””
His hometown named the Municipal Art Gallery of Arta after Giannis Moralis to honor the great Greek artist.
Giannis Moralis was born in Arta, in 1916. Expressing his love for painting from an early age, in his student years, he attended the Sunday painting classes at the School of Fine Arts in Athens, where he was admitted, after entrance exams, in 1931. For a decade, Giannis Moralis had been studying various expressions of painting, gradually shaping his personal style, distinct and recognizable today at first glance. He studied painting and engraving in Athens and mural painting and mosaic in Paris under the guidance of important teachers, such as Dimitrios Geraniotis, Konstantinos Parthenis, Umvertos Argyros, Giannis Kefallinos, Charles Guérin, Henri-Marcel Magneka. He returned to Greece with the declaration of World War II to enlist in the army, and since then, he remained in his country, creating unique works of art that enriched the intense artistic activity of the time. He was also a professor at the Athens School of Fine Arts, while one of his most famous works is the engraved composition on the exterior wall of the Hilton Hotel in Athens. Intensively creative, he had a rich and varied artistic production with gradually crystallized personal characteristics. In addition, he was awarded, both in Greece and abroad. His multifaceted interests led him to engage in other arts such as ceramics, illustration, and scenography that connected him to the Greek chorus of the National Theater and the Art Theater of Karolos Koun.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9:30 to 13:30 & 18:00 to 21:00, Saturday 10:00 to 14:00. Sunday closed.
(Opening hours and days are modified depending on the hosted exhibition)
Tel. Contact: 2681024946
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