The building at 3 Kriezotou Street, where Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika (1906-1994) lived and worked for forty years, was a gift from him to the Benaki Museum. The ground floor to the third floor of the building showcase the intellectual and artistic creation of Greece in a particularly critical time, from the end of World War I and the Asia Minor Catastrophe until the eve of the dictatorship in 1967, which also constitutes the climate in which Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghikas lived and developed his artistic perceptions. Artistic creation (painting, sculpture, printmaking, music, theatre, cinema, photography) meets architecture, the art of writing (prose, poetry, literature, criticism), and also historical and philosophical thought. Through the artworks, manuscripts, publications, photographs and personal artefacts of two hundred and one artists and intellectuals, the visitor can participate in an exciting journey into the world of ideas in twentieth century Greece.

On the fourth floor the visitor will find the artist’s residence, which has retained its original layout and on the fifth floor is the artist’s studio, a light and atmospheric space with strong architectural features, where Ghika painted, wrote, read, listened to music, and received friends and collaborators.

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