Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum - Athens
The Jewelry museum of Lalaounis represents centuries of Greek History in Jewelry..
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Opening to the public as a non-profit organisation in 1993, the Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum is a unique museum dedicated to decorative art and the art of jewellery. The museum's permanent collection contains over 4,000 pieces of jewellery and micro sculptures, from over 50 collections that were designed by the museum's founder, Ilias Lalaounis between 1940 and 2000. As well as this, jewellery and decorative arts from around the world have been donated to the museum's collections. Temporary exhibitions are also on display including decorative arts and cultural programmes involving research and educational programmes for children based on the ancient art of goldsmithing. Cultural activities are also offered for adults, programmes include: gemology, art history, theatre, workshops and family weekends. There is also a library within the museum, holding over 5,000 volumes in the specialised fields based around jewellery, art history, archaeology, photography and the applied and decorative arts.
The permanent collections include Ilias Lalaounis' designs in 50 collections. The works of jewelry and microscupltures displayed are only few from over 17.000 works made by the master jewellers of Lalaounis' workshop since 1940. The fifty collections have been organised in 6 sections within the galleries on the 1st floor. 'The Golden Dawn Of Art', 'The History of Ancient Greek Art', 'Jewelry Inspired From Other Civilizations', 'Collections Inspired From Nature', 'Collections Inspired From Space, Biology and Modern Technology', 'Special Commissions and Private Collections', are the six sections supported by an Info Kiosk in 7 languages, DVDs playing all day, Maps and Wall Texts. On the 2nd floor, microscupltures from the permanent collections storage, alternate with special temporary exhibitions with decorative arts objects. The Museum also houses the archives of the Ilias Lalaounis Collections which include models, designs, photographs, and digital data.
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday: 9am - 3pm
Sunday: 11am - 4pm
Wednesday: 9am - 9pm