Within the frame of highlighting its collections and promoting its goals, the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation hosts permanent and temporary exhibitions. Moreover, parts of its collections have been exhibited in temporary exhibitions in Greece and abroad.

The possibility of organized tours is offered for all exhibitions (tel. +30 216 9003700), while the admission is free.

Permanent Exhibitions

Faith and Art. Selected Icons from the Aimilios Velimezeis Collection

The exhibition presents 68 post-Byzantine icons from 15th to 19th century, coming from various parts of Greece. Most of the icons belong to the well-known “Velimezis Collection”, which was created by Emilios Velimezis during 1934-1946.

The icons are mostly artworks of exceptional quality from Cretan and Ionian islands’ workshops of the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries, some of which bear a signature or can be attributed to well-known painters. The “Passion of Christ”, an early creation of Domenikos Theotokopoulos (El Greco), has a special place. The 18th and 19th centuries are also represented by icons from almost all over Greece.

Visiting hours: Monday – Friday 10:00-16:00
Closed on public holidays
Historical Library of Aikaterinis Laskaridis Foundation, 2nd Merarchias 36 & Aktis Moutsopoulou, 185 35 Piraeus

Dimitris Perdikidis (1922-1989)

In a special designed exhibition area of the Foundation is presented for the first time a permanent exhibition with diaspora painter Dimitris Perdikidis’ works, donated by or on loan from his children, Leonidas and Denise Perdikidis. The exhibition comprises 60 paintings, including oil paintings, drawings and mixed-media works, offering the public the opportunity to experience the art of one of the most significant contemporary Greek artists of the 20th century.

The exhibition covers chronologically the entire artistic activity of Perdikidis, with prominent examples of each period; thus, it aims to highlight the importance of Dimitris Perdikidis in contemporary art, especially in the Greek and Spanish environment, thanks to his consistency as an artist and the quality, creativity and originality of his work. Nine thematic categories facilitate browsing the exhibition and inform the visitor of the main feature of Perdikidis’ work: from the portraits of his relatives when he lived in Neo Faliro to the works he submitted in the Venice Biennale in 1964 and 1966, and the serigraphs he created for a limited edition of Romiosyni by poet Yiannis Ritsos.

Visiting hours: Monday – Friday 13:00-17:00
Closed on public holidays
Administration offices, Praxitelous 169 & Bouboulinas, 185 35 Piraeus

Valias Semertzidis (1911-1983)

An exhibition of 35 works by Valia Semertzidis, an artist with strong social and political concerns, is presented in a specially designed space at the Foundation. Valias Semertzidis recorded in his work the Occupation of Athens, the Resistance and the Guerilla movement, being one of the most important direct historical testimonies of the time. including portraits and landscapes, engravings and sketches.

Visiting hours: Monday – Friday 13:00-17:00
Closed on public holidays
Administration offices, Praxitelous 169 & Bouboulinas, 185 35 Piraeus

Maritime Collection – The Neslon Collection

The Foundation’s Maritime Collection consists of individual collections related to sea and seafaring. It includes sections with rare naval instruments from the 18th and 19th centuries, natural marine finds, paintings, works of art, and the archive of hydrobiologist Dr. Konstantinos Laskaridis for ichthyology, oceanography and all areas of fishing. An important part of the Maritime Collection is the Nelson Collection, which includes personal items, dozens of letters and documents related to the English Admiral Horatio Nelson and is the largest Nelson collection outside the United Kingdom.

More on the Maritme Collection here.

Visiting hours: Monday – Friday 10:00-16:00
Closed on public holidays
Historical Library of Aikaterinis Laskaridis Foundation, 2nd Merarchias 36 & Aktis Moutsopoulou, 185 35 Piraeus

Temporary Exhibitions

The Foundation occasionally organizes periodic exhibitions in its premises, while parts of its collections are displayed in museum spaces in Greece and abroad.

See here the temporary exhibitions archive.