History and Objectives
The Museum of Contemporary Art of the Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation in Andros

 Alberto Giacometti ExhibitionEstia Athinon
20th July 1986: the New Wing of the Museum of Contemporary Art opens its doors to the public

View of the Hora of Andros
The Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation was established in 1979. It is a non-profit organisation for public benefit, whose main objective is to support and promote the visual arts. The founding donors, Basil and Elise Goulandris, wished to establish an international decentralised cultural institution, which would reflect the spirit and meet the demands of our times. Basil P. Goulandris was the Foundation’s first President, and in 1994 was succeeded by his wife, Elise Goulandris. From 2000 onwards, President of the Foundation is Elise Goulandris’ niece, Fleurette P. Karadontis.

In 1979 the Foundation inaugurated the Museum of Contemporary Art on Andros, birthplace of Basil P. Goulandris. It was later to be augmented by the addition of a new wing in 1986. The spaces were designed according to the latest museological standards in order to both house the Foundation’s permanent collection and to organise seasonal temporary exhibitions of significant 20th -century artists (Braque, Mirü, Toulouse-Lautrec, Moore, Klee, Giacometti, Chagall, Rodin, De Chirico, etc.).

In order to support cultural development and artistic creation in Greece, from 1986 onwards the Foundation has also been awarding scholarships for post graduate studies abroad on subjects related to art.

The Foundation, however, is also active in the field of social welfare and relief. It has constructed, outfitted, and is continuing to maintain the Home for the Elderly “Estia Athinon”. In addition, it has renovated the two pavilions of the Old People’s Home of the Athens Charitable Society.