The Theofilos Museum of Lesvos has reopened on Wednesday, July 17, after being closed for a year due to renovation works. The refurbishment aimed at creating appropriate conditions for the works of the major folk painter of Neo-Hellenic art.
In particular, the roof of the building has been replaced, and heating and proper lighting systems have been installed. The mechanical and electrical installations have been repaired (air-conditioning, ventilation systems, fire protection, closed-circuit television system etc.).
The renovation’s cost was 171,000 euros. The works were funded by the Regional Operational Programme of Crete and Aegean Islands 2007-2013.
Apart from the refurbishment of the building, 151 paintings were sent to the Ministry of Culture, in order to undergo conservation. So far 30 paintings have been conservated. After completion of the conservation, all 150 paintings will return to the Museum.
Today, the Museum hosts 35 paintings, preserved in a good condition. These are works of Theofilos’ mature period, where color harmony, realism and liveliness are joined.
The Museum is open daily from 8.00-14.00.