About the Museum
The Thessaloniki State Museum of Contemporary Art was founded in 1997, at the occasion of Thessaloniki's year as European Capital of Culture. It is housed in the renovated building of the old Lazariston Monastery in the Borough of Stavroupoulis in west Thessaloniki.
The museum was established by a law passed in the Greek Parliament by then Greek Minister of Culture, Evangelos Venizelos. Its initial collection was formed by a large part of the famous Costakis Collection, acquired by the Greek state.
The museum's mission is to preserve and display works of contemporary art by Greek and foreign artists. Its permanent collection contains around 1,275 works of Russian avant-garde art consisting of paintings, sculptures, drawings and constructions by artists such as El Lissitzky, Kazimir Malevich and Wassily Kandinsky.