Local Library Visits #19: Agia Paraskevi Public Library – Alekos Kondopoulos Museum
Type of library: public
Postal address: 13, Kondopoulou str., Agia Paraskevi, 153 42 Athens, Greece
Distance from Congress venue: 9.5 km
Meeting point: Nomismatokopio Metro Station, exit Mesogeion
Optimal route: A staff member will wait the delegates at the exit of Nomismatokopio Metro Station to lead them to the Library. From that point several bus lines are available.
Get off the bus at the Agia Paraskevi Sq. bus stop. The Library is a few minutes away from the Square.
Effort is taken to hire a shuttle bus from the Municipality.
A volunteer will be waiting for you at the proposed meeting point.
The Public Library of the municipality of Agia Paraskevi, is housed in a building donated by the painter Alekos Kondopoulos. The main purpose of the library is to render free of charge services to local as well as to people from nearby areas who do not have access to another library. The library holds adult and children’s sections, with a collection of 40.000 items.
In 1988, a branch library located right next to the painter’s Alekos Kondopoulos (1904-1975) own house and studio, where a small museum was founded in 1999 preserving the artist’s living place and his atelier was established. It is here, amid his paintings, the daily personal items, his work equipment, that the visitor can feel intensely the presence of the painter, one of the pioneers of abstract art in Greece. The museum is an ICOM member.