The ‘A. Tassos’ Municipal Art Gallery of Kalamata: the splendor of engravings – Μυθική Πελοπόννησος

The ‘A. Tassos’ Municipal Art Gallery of Kalamata: the splendor of engravings

The historic center of Kalamata is host to yet another attraction that you should not miss. It is the ‘A. Tassos’ Municipal Art Gallery of Kalamata, which was named after the Messenian engraver who donated a large number of engravings from his collection to the gallery. It has been housed in a renovated neoclassical building since 2002.

The gallery exhibits paintings, engravings, pottery and sculptures by artists such as Kostas Varotsos, Opy Zouni, Panagiotis Tetsis, Christos Botsoglou, Takis Katsoulidis, Giannis Valavanidis and others. The approximately 350 works of art cover a wide range of artistic movements and trends.

The gallery regularly organizes interesting exhibitions, either independently or in cooperation with various art organizations.

The ‘A. Tassos’ Municipal Art Gallery of Kalamata is located in the historic center of Kalamata, in the SW of Ypapanti Square and has been housed in a renovated neoclassical building since 2002. In 2007, it was named after the renowned Messenian artist and engraver A. Tassos, who donated many engravings from his collection to the gallery.

The Municipal Art Gallery of Kalamata is a must-see both for art lovers and the public, as its collection represents art, pottery, engraving and sculpture trends from the 1980s. All its works were donated to the city by the artists themselves after the disastrous earthquake that hit Kalamata in 1986. These were supplemented by subsequent donations, which significantly enriched the gallery – both in terms of general quantity and in terms of specific items – with works from different movements and trends in the visual arts. Visitors to the Gallery will see works by: Kostas Varotsos, Opy Zouni, Panagiotis Tetsis, Christos Botsoglou, Takis Katsoulidis, Giannis Valavanidis, Giannis Psychopaidis, Michalis Katzourakis, Vaso Katraki and others.

The gallery also hosts different periodic exhibitions organized either independently or in cooperation with renowned art organizations. The following are some notable exhibitions hosted by the gallery over the years: “Of Heroes and …”, an exhibition that examined the concept of ‘hero’, in 2010; an exhibition organized in 2011 on the occasion of International Museum Day; and an earlier exhibition, organized in 2007, with works by A. Tassos himself, on the occasion of the gallery being named after the artist.

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