The Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 1979. Its main purpose is the operation of its two museums, on the island of Andros and in Athens, and the promotion of visual arts on a domestic and international level.

Its founders and inspirers were Basil and Elise Goulandris who were passionate about art. Painting was the main focus of their interest which connected them to the artistic circles of post-war Paris; they also promoted young Greek artists, helping them to evolve their art and expand their artistic horizons.

The museum of the Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation in Athens houses the Foundation’s rare Collection of modern and contemporary art, with works by Cézanne, Monet, Picasso, Van Gogh, El Greco, Chagall, Rodin, Miró, Parthenis, Tetsis, Tsarouchis, Moralis and will also hold temporary exhibitions of Greek and foreign artists. Apart from exhibition spaces, the museum – with a total surface area of 7,250 m2 spread over 11 floors – also houses a shop and Café – Restaurant, art library, children’s workshop and a state-of-the-art auditorium. Concerts, theatrical productions, discussions, activities for children and adults and educational workshops complement the Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation philosophy, in a series of innovative events harmoniously incorporated in the museum setting.

The Foundation’s Art Collection, is one of the most important private collections to be assembled during the second half of the 20th century. Like every private collection, the criteria for choosing the works composing it were purely subjective. Basil & Elise Goulandris opted for these particular works driven only by their personal preferences and their own aesthetic codes. The main purpose of Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation in Athens is to host this collection, making it accessible to the public and respecting the wishes of its founders.

Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation © Christophoros Doulgeris
Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation © Christophoros Doulgeris
Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation © Christophoros Doulgeris
Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation © Christophoros Doulgeris
Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation © Christophoros Doulgeris
Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation © Christophoros Doulgeris
Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation © Christophoros Doulgeris
Paul Gauguin
(1848-1903)
 Nature morte aux Pamplemousses
, Still Life with Grapefruits
 | 1901 or 1902 | Oil on canvas 
66 × 76.5 cm / Photo Credit: Christophoros Doulgeris
Alberto Giacometti 
(1901-1966)
 Portrait de Yanaihara,1960 | Oil on canvas 
92 × 72.6 cm © Succession Alberto Giacometti (Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti, Paris + Adagp, Paris) 2019 / OSDEETE Athens 2019
Vincent van Gogh
(1853-1890) 
Les Alyscamps
 | October-November 1888 | Oil on canvas 
92 × 73 cm / Photo Credit: Christophoros Doulgeris
Vincent van Gogh
(1853-1890), 
La cueillette des olives
 | December 1889
 | Oil on canvas 
73.5 × 92.5 cm / Photo Credit: Christophoros Doulgeris
Vincent van Gogh
 (1853-1890) 
Nature morte à la cafetière
 | May 1888
 | Oil on canvas 
65 × 81 cm / Photo Credit: Christophoros Doulgeris
Doménikos Theotokópoulos (El Greco)
(1541-1614) 
La Santa Faz
 | Early 1580s
 | Oil on canvas 
51 × 66 cm / Photo Credit: Christophoros Doulgeris
Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika
(1906-1994)
 Balcony with Horizontal Pilasters
1954
| Oil on canvas 
129.5 × 89 cm / Photo Credit: Christophoros Doulgeris
Pablo Picasso 
(1881-1973)
 Femme nue aux bras levés
 1907
 | Oil on canvas 
150 × 100 cm / Photo Credit: Christophoros Doulgeris
Jackson Pollock 
(1912-1956) 
Number 13, 1950
 | Oil on masonite (pavatex) 
56.5 × 56.5 cm © Adagp, Paris, 2019 / OSDEETE Athens 2019
Auguste Rodin 
(1840-1917) 
L'éternel printemps | Bronze with brown patina 
66 × 83 × 42 cm / Photo Credit: Christophoros Doulgeris
Alberto Giacometti
 (1901-1966)
 Femme de Venise 
1956
| Bronze with brown and green patina, 0/6
112 × 31.4 × 14 cm © Succession Alberto Giacometti (Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti, Paris + Adagp, Paris) 2019 / OSDEETE Athens 2019
Costas Tsoclis 
(1930- )

Tree
 1989
 | Acrylic on panel and canvas | 202 × 133 cm / Photo Credit: Christophoros Doulgeris