The Gennadius Library is holding a group art exhibition featuring commissioned works by 65 local artists who were inspired by the personality and the world of the founder of the Library, Johannes Gennadius (1844-1932).
The works will be on display inside the Library and in the surrounding gardens, until June 26. The artworks are for sale and part of the proceeds will benefit the Library.
Born in Athens, in 1844, to George Gennadius, Johannes Gennadius was an eminent diplomat and scholar, who donated his personal library, containing approximately 30,000 rare volumes to the American School of Classical Studies in Athens.
Today, the Gennadius Library owns a rich collection of over 116,000 books and rare bindings, archives, manuscripts, and works of art illuminating the Hellenic tradition and neighbouring cultures.
AthensPlus (11.6.2010): Johannes Gennadius and his world (p.16)