The director of the Thessaloniki State Museum of Contemporary Art, Maria Tsantsanoglou, is seeking funding in the U.S. by participating in a special seminar organized by the King Baudouin Foundation in New York.
The King Baudouin Foundation is a fundraising organization that helps cultural and educational organizations and causes in Europe to create and support a funding network.
“As every cultural organization in Greece, the Thessaloniki’s State Museum of Contemporary Art has been facing many financial problems. With the help and support of the King Baudouin Foundation we will try to gather Greek-American and American art lovers and form an association of friends of the museum in the U.S.,” Mrs. Tsantsanoglou said.
She added: “Museums in Greece are dependent on government grants whereas an American museum operates in a completely different way. However, we can try to find funds for our museums by using similar methods. The ultimate goal of this trip is the creation of a Greek-American art-lovers association which will support our museum and promote culture in Greece.”
The State Museum of Contemporary Art of Thessaloniki was founded in 1997. It hosts the renowned Costakis collection, the largest art collection of the Russian avant-garde outside Russia, along with art and contemporary art collections.
As Mrs. Tsantsanoglou stressed, her visit to New York will also strengthen the collaboration of Thessaloniki’s museum with American museums and other cultural institutions in the U.S.