International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

The State Museum of Contemporary Art of Thessaloniki – Greece: New Museum and Old Collection
Panagiota Papanikolaou

The State Museum of Contemporary art of Thessaloniki is situated in Thessaloniki and was founded in 1997 with the passing of a law published in the Newspaper of the Greek Government on 24/12/1997 (No 2557). That year, Thessaloniki, a coastal city in Northern Greece was the cultural capital of Europe and the foundation of a State Museum was intended to mark the flag bearer for contemporary cultural management. The same law resulted in the founding of a similar museum in Athens, the National Museum of Contemporary Art. It was the first time that Greece had created state museums covering modern and contemporary art, both Greek and European.

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