Our History - Zoumboulakis Contemporary Art (2024)


Theodoros A Zoumboulakis opens an antique shop in Athens. Specializing in rare artworks and antiquities, the shop becomes well known among the collectors of the period.



The involvement of the Zoumboulakis family with art and its various forms started in the beginning of the 20th century when Theodore Zoumboulakis opened his first antique shop in Edward Law Street in the center of Athens. It was in 1966 that Tassos Zoumboulakis with his wife Peggy, continuing the family tradition, opened -along with the antique shop, a new space of contemporary art in 7 Kriezotou street.

It has hosted, together with Kriezotou 7, some of the most well established and internationally acclaimed Greek and foreign artists. In the 1970s Zoumboulakis Galleries exhibited Dali, Magritte, De Chirico, Picasso (1979 in collaboration with Bayeler Gallery), Warhol. They have also introduced to the greek art public, movements such as Neo-realism in collaboration with Alexandre Iolas Gallery (Arman, Cesar, Deschamps, Dufrene, Klein, Niki de Saint Phalle etc.) and Kinetic Art with Denise René Gallery (Agam, Calder, Cruz-Diez, Soto, Vasarely etc.).

Meanwhile important Greek artists established often a long-term collaboration with the Gallery. Moralis, Tsarouhis, Takis, Tsoklis, Akrithakis, Pavlos and Chryssa Fassianos exhibited their work there during the last decades.



The Zoumboulakis Gallery takes a radical step for a gallery of that period, opening a new, 450 square metre exhibition space at 20 Kolonaki Square, in the nerve-centre of Athens. This massive space is the first of its kind in Greece, offering artists a state-of the-art venue for the display of large-scale works, and attracting a broader audience to contemporary art. Takis, already well-known abroad as a sculptor, inaugurates the gallery with a stunning array of his most important work. Chryssa follows, with the first Greek showing of her massive, world-renowned sculptures. A new cultural age is dawning in Athens, and the Zoumboulakis Gallery bears the hallmark of a new era. Through Iolas, important foreign artists are becoming known here, whilst the Zoumboulakis Gallery is forging collaborations; with the Denise René Gallery in Paris, the Beyeler Gallery in Basle for a Picasso exhibition, and with Gimpel Fils in London. The Gallery hosts such spectacular exhibitions as The Neorealist Movement curated by the art critic Pierre Restany, and Mirrors of the Mind which was curated and introduced by the poet and friend of the Gallery, Nicolas Callas, and many other events of note. Contemporary art is ever-increasingly a part of the lives and homes of Athenians. A new, internationally aware spirit is spreading, also affecting interior design. The number of art lovers and collectors is burgeoning, and new ideas are taking hold.



The Zoumboulakis Gallery acquires an additional exhibition space, off Pireos Avenue, in the emerging cultural district of Athens. A former factory is transformed by the architect Theodore Zoumboulakis into a multi-purpose cultural space capable of hosting exhibits, concerts, theatre performances and happenings. Particularly notable are exhibits examining the coexistence of the contemporary with the old, placing carefully selected timeless objects in conversation with modern works. These exhibits prove immediately popular with the Greek public.



Daphne Zoumboulakis takes over the management of the Kolonaki Square Gallery. Artists from the generations of the 80’s and 90’s join the Gallery. In 2007, the Zone D project is established to mount exhibitions outside the gallery spaces, showcasing new trends in contemporary art.



With the opening of Art-Design-Antiques, a new proprietary space at 6 Kriezotou Street, the Zoumboulakis Galleries continue to expand and diversify. Here, contemporary art coexists with the past and the future, proposing a genuine aesthetic of interiors. There is no pompousness here, none of the artificial luxury of the urban mindset; instead this approach is original, and informed by an artistic sensibility. It proposes a different, unpretentious way of life; timeless, rooted in quality, imagination . . . and humour! The Gallery forges collaborations with international companies, such as Established & Sons, Astier De Villatte, Magis, and others. Such timeless, harmonious works as the innovative table/sculpture Aqua Table by Zaha Hadid, and Phillippe Starcks’s Baobab desk are introduced to the space.
The architectural firm responsible for all Zoumboulakis Galleries spaces iswww.zoumboulakisarchitects.gr




Kostas Christopoulos, from his solo exhibition “y.st.rd”, March-May 2016Natassa Poulantza, from her solo exhibition “It is all lies”, June-July 2016Dimitris Efeoglou - Despina Flessa, exhibition “Substratum”, September-October 2016Bruce Nauman, from the group exhibition Restructuring the Mirrors ofthe Mind by Nicolas Calas, October-November 2016Joseph Beuys, from the group exhibition Restructuring the Mirrors ofthe Mind by Nicolas Calas, October-November 2016


20 Kolonaki Square Zoumboulakis Gallery is renovated by Theodore Zoumboulakis (Zoumboulakis Architects) and re-opens with the important historical exhibition
321 | 426 | 52” which presented posters from the Gallery’s course, from the 60’s up to nowadays.


Έκθεση 321-426-52, Νοέμβριος 2018


The spring of 2020 marked an unprecedented experience for our generation. Zoumboulakis Galleries adapted to the conditions of restriction due to the pandemic of COVID – 19, proposing new ways of viewing the exhibitions.
It consolidated the digital presence of its programing into a new website, exclusively dedicated to contemporary art through new collaborations with artists and curators.


Group Exhibition, The Loss and the Rest, October-November 2020Group Exhibition, Gardening, February - April 2021Group Exhibition, Art on Boards | The Skate Project, June - July 2021Group Exhibition, Open- Ended, February - March 2022Thomas Diotis, from his solo exhibition Digging, October - November 2022, photo credits by Studio VaharidisGroup Exhibition, Animal Tales, December 2022 - January 2023



Clara Cebrián, from her solo exhibition Hello Adulthood, June - July 2023Group Exhibition, Resilient by Nature, July - September 2023Nikos Topalidis, from his solo exhibition, A walk along the shore, September-October 2023Georgia Fambris, from her solo exhibition,"… And we are magic talking to itself, noisy and alone…", October-November 2023Philippos Theodorides, from his solo exhibition, Misremembered Memories, November-December 2023Group Exhibition, Ink and Stone, December 2023 - January 2024Yiannis Adamakis, from his solo exhibition Passepartout, January-February 2024Manolis Charos, from his solo exhibition Time pendulous as seen, February-March 2024

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