“In our age, art has a right to pure madness. Assuming a defensive position against the prevailing artistic atmosphere, I made my personal aesthetic choices and embraced contemporary painting with an anthropocentric slant.”
With his bold statement, Greek lawyer and passionate collector Vlassis Frissiras explains how he became the proud owner of over 3500 contemporary paintings of the human figure that are to be seen in The Frissiras Museum in Athens. “Anything else leaves me indifferent,” he told Athens News, explaining the emotional nature of his connection to his paintings, adding: “I decided right away that I wanted the paintings to be anthropocentric. That’s my character—it is monomaniacal and very focused.”
The Frissiras Museum includes, of course, a number of Greek artists, such as Yannis Moralis and Diamantis Diamantopoulos, as well as other established names like David Hockney and Frank Auerbach.
Vlassis Frissiras showed particular affection for the new forms in the field of painting, without being indifferent to any other art form. He has always believed that art which does not trigger emotions is no art. Over a course of forty years, he has put together a collection of paintings with an ideology, coherence and a specific aim. The Frissiras Museum houses his collection of over 3,500 works and has hosted other Greek and international exhibitions by established or younger artists in a fertile discourse, always within the context of artistic and cultural developments in Europe.
For more information about The Frissiras Museum visit this post by Independent Collectors as well as the BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors.
All images courtesy of The Frissiras Museum