The Museum of Cycladic Art is dedicated to the study and promotion of ancient cultures of the Aegean and Cyprus, with special emphasis on Cycladic Art of the 3rd millennium BC.
It was founded in 1986, to house the collection of Nicholas and Dolly Goulandris. Since then it has grown in size to accommodate new acquisitions, obtained either through direct purchases or through donations by important collectors and institutions.
The three major collections of the Museum of Cycladic Art (Cycladic Culture, Ancient Greek Art, Cypriot Culture) have been formed through generous donations by important collectors, public and private institutions, as well as anonymous donators.
Today, the artifacts that once belonged to separate private collections have been integrated by the museum curators into the corresponding chronological and thematic groups, their provenance being indicated clearly in the label of each object. In addition, several of the museum galleries have been named after the most important donators (The K. Politis Gallery, The Athens Academy Gallery, The Th. N. Zintilis Gallery).
The Collection, which was formed by Nicholas and Dolly Goulandris starting in the 1960’s, includes over 1,100 artifacts from the prehistoric age to the Early Byzantine period. Outstanding among them are 300 objects of Cycladic art, an important assemblage of Geometric vases and jewellery, and a series of excellent Archaic and Classical vases.
The Collection is the backbone of the Museum of Cycladic Art and is enriched continuously with new acquisitions, either purchases and repatriations from abroad, or donations by Greek collectors and organizations.
Over the years, objects from other private collections have been incorporated in the N.P. Goulandris Collection: L. Eftaxias (donations, 1984, 1986), Th.I. Dragoumis (donation, 1987), L. Spourgitis (donation, 1987), A. Varvitisiotis (donation, 1988), A. Hadjidimos (purchase, 1997), Ch. Bastis (donation, 1997) and others.
Our sponsors and benefactors give vital support to the Museum. They help us create inspirational exhibitions, deliver an acclaimed educational program to schools and families and showcase our permanent collections to the public. Below is a list of our sponsors and benefactors, in the past and today.