The Alpha Bank Art Collection numbers 5,500 works, primarily of contemporary Greek art, and is one of the most important art collections created by banks and financial institutions in Greece. The Collection’s works have come from the individual Collections of Credit Bank, Ionian Bank, Popular Bank, Emporiki Bank and Citibank, which were combined into a single collection in the period from 2000 to 2014.
These works present the evolution of contemporary Greek painting, from 1880 to the present day, as this is reflected in works by the most prominent Greek artists, who have left their mark on Greek art in all its important periods – from the Munich School period (1880-1910) to the characteristic interwar period (1920-1940) and the post-1960 era of modern artistic creation.
The Collection also boasts an exceptionally rich collection of Greek prints, including engravings, folios, illustrated books and graphic arts material. It also owns a significant corpus of maps and prints by foreign artists inspired by Greece as the subject of their work (16th-19th century). Several Branches of the Bank are decorated with largescale works of art, commissioned by the Bank and created especially for the Branches’ local premises. In addition, works from the Art Collection are also on display in the Bank’s office areas and customer service areas.
The Art Collection has significant exhibition and publishing activities associated with the Collection, and is also participating in exhibitions, events and sponsorship programmes for Greek art.