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The Gallery (art collection) was established at the same time as the Athens School of Fine Arts, and began acquiring pieces that were related to the artistic output of those involved with the School and the artistic education it provides. Nowadays, the collection includes about 5,000 works of painting, sculpture, printmaking, religious and mosaic art, the rich harvest of a life spanning 165 years. The pieces that make up the Gallery collection are representative of the artistic activity of the School’s studio Professors and its students, while it also includes artwork that has been donated to ASFA. In that sense, the ASFA Gallery is a living token of its own history and, consequently, of a very important part of Modern Greek art.
Through the “Information Society” Operational Programme, and specifically invitations No. 65 and 172, the Athens School of Fine Arts undertook the documentation, part-restoration and digitalisation of the pieces added to its collection between 1837 and 2005.
The ASFA Gallery collection includes early work from the most important representatives of Modern Greek Art, who were, at one time, involved with the School as students, academic or administrative staff, work by well-known artists who stood out during their studies, and representative pieces by graduates from 1989 onwards. It also includes work by prominent artists, which have been donated to the School, and a large number of Greek Folk Art relief copies and paintings, created during between 1950 and 1960 by ASFA students, under the supervision of academic and former professor Pavlos Mylonas, in places such as Pilio, Chios, Mytilini and Skyros.
The collection, which consists of more than 5,000 pieces, was catalogued by means of basic entries in various archives; there was no indexing system and the pieces were classified either by time period or by general category, such as prints, paintings, sketches, etc.
Despite the difficulties in managing and utilising the work because of these organisational conditions, it was not left unexploited. On the contrary, it has been used several times, for a variety of purposes, such as organising themed exhibitions in Greece and abroad, research and publishing, and for promoting special subjects such as undertaking dissertations and ASFA pilot programmes related to the digital documentation and management of the material.
The activities undertaken as part of two co-financed projects entitled “Promotion and documentation of the beginning and the evolution of Modern Greek Art 1837-2003” and “Documentation and promotion of 3800 artworks from the ASFA Gallery collection (1980-2005)”, achieved the following:
The “Promotion and documentation of the beginning and the evolution of Modern Greek Art 1837-2003” project ran from 2004 to 2008, and developed along three main axes.
The third axis pertained to all actions for procuring and installing the necessary equipment for the support of both the realisation of the project and its functionality, once it was completed.
The objective of the “Documentation and promotion of 3800 artworks from the ASFA Gallery collection (1980-2005)”, which ran from 2008 to 2009, was to scientifically document and digitalise 3,800 pieces of art created between 1980 and 2005. All the material that was produced was added to the existing Gallery database.
The database, which includes a total of 7,300 artworks, will be further utilised through the future development of an interactive application that will, among other things:
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