Kanakakis gallery, museum of contemporary arts of Crete

The Kanakakis  gallery, also known as the museum of contemporary art of Crete is dedicated to rethymniot painter Lefteris Kanakakis (he died in 1985). The gallery was founded in 1992, in a venitian house of the old town of Rethymnon, close to “Fortezza” fortress and archeological museum.

The Kanakakis gallery goes Contemporary museum

In 1995 Rethymnon was included in the National Cultural Network of Towns which led to the establishment of the Centre for Contemporary Art orienting the Gallery’s activities to contemporary art. The building choosen was a soap factory, one of the first industrial buildings in town.

Visitors can admire more than 70 works from the artist Lefteris Kanakakis, such as watercolours, oil paintings, drawings,…  The museum of contemporary art of Crete also host a permanent collection of more than 500 works of contemporary Greek artists, from the 50’s to date.

In 1996 Rethymnon was included in the second programme of the Ministry of Culture for the purpose of establishing Visual Arts Workshops. Then, museum  developped many activities  as classes on pottery, painting  History of Art,…  The museum host many exhibitions.  As for instance “Reports on Nikos Kazantzakis” in 2013, in cooperation with the Rethymnon Local Commettee of the International Society of Friends of Nikos Kazantzakis.  Exhibitions took place for 2 months in Kanakakis gallery and presented 30 artists inspired by the various works of Nikos Kazantzakis, the most famous Cretan writer, father of “Zorba” novel but not only. He also explored with succes theatre, philosophy, and even worked in politics.

Last year, the inaugural Mediterranean Photography Festival,  “Medphoto” took place in the Summer of 2016 in Rethymno, on the island of Crete, Greece. The choosen theme was ‘Borders-Crossroads”. Visit Medphoto

The museum also created a sculpture park for children. The project was based on the idea of promoting children’s relationship with art through play and expression, and of approaching actual materials and nature through entertainment. The artistic playground of Rethymnon starts from the principle of encouraging children to play with artworks. The toys are all developed as unique pieces by distinguished Greek artists who are specialised in children, and they move away from the “do not touch” principle of museums to establish a relationship of liberation and love for art among the children.

Visit contemporary Arts  museum of Crete site

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