Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum Art Fair December 3-5 – Latest News, Greece, Cyprus, Hellenic Diaspora News


ATHENS – The Ilias Lalaounis Jewelery Museum (ILJM) presents its Arts Fair from December 3 to 5 with free admission to all areas of the museum. Attendees will have the opportunity to view the remarkable collection that continues to inspire and impress all who visit this unique museum.

ILJM is the first museum dedicated to the art of jewelry in Greece and one of the few in the world. ILJM is a non-profit cultural organization certified by the Greek Ministries of Finance and Culture in 1993 and opened to the public in December 1994. The museum acts as an international center for jewelry and decorative crafts, with an emphasis on silver and silverware as well as contemporary studio jewelry.

The Museum is located under the sacred hill of the Acropolis at the foot of the Parthenon in two buildings: the family home of the Lalaounis which was built in 1927 and the jewelry workshop of its founder Ilias Lalaounis which is a completely renovated building from 1925. in 1992. for the spaces of the Museum. The family home has been preserved intact and is accessible to visitors as it houses the library and administration. The main space of the museum was designed by Bernard Zehrfuss (1908-1996), the architectural plan was refined and produced by the architect Vassilis Gregoriadis and the museological studies were carried out by Ioanna Lalaouni.

Today, the ILJM’s permanent collection includes historical and contemporary jewelry and decorative arts. The major focus of the presentations is given to the 50 collections designed and supervised by Ilias Lalaounis between 1957 and 2002. The presentations are selected to give an overview of the 4,500 jewels and microsculptures that Lalaounis has presented in exhibitions around the world to promote his job. Inspired by the history of world art, the history of ancient Greek art and the social aspects that complement the second half of the 20th century, contemporary technology, nature and children’s drawings, the artist left an important archive of drawings, jewelry tools and mock-ups of special commissions.

Since 2001, the museum collects decorative arts and historical jewelry and enriches its collection with contemporary artistic jewelry from Greek and international artists.

The art fair is open on Friday December 3 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 December from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

All sanitary protocols are followed in accordance with national regulations #staysafe #covidfree.

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