Jannis and Zoe Spyropoulos designed and built an institution, rich and unique in content, a special building which served as their home and housed the collection of the institution until 2006. They created a monographic museum - an organization which is concerned with the work of one artist only - as well as a well-structured agency for its administration. A small cultural entity, valuable as concerns the uniqueness of its collection, whose activities ought to maintain it as a vital nucleus of Greek cultural life.
The Spyropoulos museum opened to the public in 1992, two years after the painter’s death and after the building had been suitably converted and his extremely rich archives and artistic material had been classified. During the years it has been in operation, in addition to the permanent exhibitions it has presented other events, which have created a new public for the painter’s work. An organized retrospective of the artist’s work also toured the main Greek towns bringing his work to the most difficult of viewers. As is well known, Jannis Spyropoulos did not exhibit in Greece after 1960. Therefore, the organization of all these exhibitions constituted one of the Foundation’s primary obligations.
We organise a contemporary studies center for the Abstraction movement so that young researchers would have access to our valuable archives, the library and other facilities. Starting off with the building itself, programs have been designed for special exhibitions related to abstract art, organized educational programs for pupils, access for researchers to the archives and the library. Lectures, discussions, film and slide presentations and children’s workshops operate in tandem with the aim of widening its public and the number of the friends of abstract expression in the arts.
Today, 20 years after the foundation, we are in a position to create a modern Museum in the city centre, easily accessible to the public and especially students. A Museum which also has the capability of housing all the services provided by the Spyropoulos Foundation as well as various artistic events which will keep it up-to-date with the developments in visual arts. So for us the year 2010 is a landmark since the bequest of Zoe Spyropoulos allows us to move to a modern building, to construct a contemporary infrastructure suited to our Foundation with a clear research orientation toward the abstract movement, and to transform the museum into a multiform living organism with contemporary objectives. This primary aim is now being realized and offered to the public with the organization of special thematic exhibitions, other exhibitions related to the abstract mode of artistic expression in the other arts and finally through the creation of major artistic events aiming at the correlation of our own art with the European, part of which it ought to be.
We are a small, tightly focused museum where the ideas and cooperative endeavours undertaken with other agencies may create events of exceptional importance for our city. Our exhibition program constitutes a highly selective presentation of all that we believe are important to be revealed by modern art. All the events organised by the museum are oriented toward this purpose. The most important of all is to preserve the spirit of Spyropoulos’ art intact, the ideology of his global expression which he hermetically encompassed in his work with such persistence and hard work.