The Vorres Museum
consists of a complex of buildings, gardens and courtyards, covering an area of approximately 80 acres.
Its collections number over 6,000 items of historic and artistic worth.
The Museum has been donated, as a cultural foundation, to the Greek state by the Vorres family.
The Museum is divided into two main sections.
The Contemporary Greek Art section
hosts important paintings and sculptures created by Greek artists of the second half of the 20th century.
The works clearly show significant influence of the classical, Byzantine and folk tradition.
The second section is called the
"Pyrgi" (or tower)
and is composed of a complex of four traditional rural houses, the remains of a stable and an old wine-press
dating to the early 19th century.
The exhibits displayed in the "Pyrgi" comprise the folklore collection of the museum,
namely household items such as ceramics, hand-made rugs of various types, troughs, large jars, millstones, stone well rims.
Of particular importance are the rare samples of furniture
crafted in Italy, France and Spain in the 18th and 19th centuries, which belonged to the Vorres family.
This type of furniture is compatible with the Greek decorative tradition,
since the Greek sea captains of the time - islanders in their majority - used to adorn their fine mansions
with luxury furniture acquired during their travels abroad.
Additionally, there is a series of interesting oil paintings and engravings which depict historic events of modern Greece.
Some of the most important exhibits of the museum are:
Kostas Tsoklis, "Perspective"
Yannis Tsarouhis, "Eros"
Alekos Fassianos, "My best friend on the balcony"
Nikos Engonopoulos, "The three philosophers"
Yannis Gaitis, "Human Landscape"
- FOLK ART COLLECTION -
Macedonian door of the 18th century with hammered nails
The central gallery of the folklore collection
Typical Greek decoration
Folk icon of the early 18th century and Syros plates