The works in the building of the National Gallery are progressing rapidly, as confirmed by the inspection conducted by Minister of Culture and Sports Lina Mendoni. Ms. Mendoni said that “despite the difficulties that have occurred due to additional protective measures against the pandemic, work is continuing at a normal pace. Completing the expansion and renovation of the National Gallery is top priority, so that its inauguration can take place on March 25 of 2021”.
In the main foyer, the wooden paneling has already been installed along with the drop ceilings. Wooden floors as well as most of the drop ceilings are also in place on each storey.
The seating is to be placed in the amphitheater where the wood paneling and mechanical equipment have been installed, for the space to acquire its finished appearance. Work related to temporary exhibitions is also on schedule.
Some work still needs to be done to complete the glass façade (planar system) which covers building B. At the same time, landscaping work has started outside, which will speed up as sections of the works in the National Gallery building are completed. The Gallery’s Digital Programmes project is also in progress, with a budget of 2,200,000€ from the national part of the Public Investment Programme of the Ministry of Culture and Sports.
Lastly, in the next few days the competition for the operation of the restaurant will be posted.
Ms. Mendoni was accompanied in the inspection by Secretary General of Culture George Didaskalou, Director of the National Art Gallery–Alexandros Soutsos Museum Marina Lambraki-Plaka and executives from the Ministry of Culture.