Benaki Museum, Athens
Among the most extensive and innovative institutions of its kind in Europe, the Benaki Museum welcomes over 300,000 visitors to more than 20 exhibitions annually. Five archival departments and an extensive collection record and showcase Greek culture from prehistory all the way to the 21st century – as well as European, Islamic, Pre-Columbian, African and Chinese art. Having earned international acclaim, the Benaki Museum has forged collaborations and partnerships with leading institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Royal Academy of Arts in London, the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, the University of Oxford, and Princeton University.
Unique in the world in terms of quality, size and variety, the museum’s collection of Neo-Hellenic secular art spans from the fall of the Byzantine Empire in 1453 to the end of the 19th century, featuring sculptures, wooden objects, ceramics, jewelry and more. Outstanding examples include woven textiles from Crete, Cyprus and Milos, 17th and 18th century embroidery including remarkable needlework from Epirus, Skyros, Cyprus and the islands of the Ionian, linen from Asia Minor, and a magnificent bridal bed canopy from Rhodes. The Benaki Museum’s collection of Greek costumes contains complete outfits from across the country as well as masterpieces such as tunics from Karpathos and a pleated embroidered skirt from Crete.