Photo Friday: Onassis Cultural Centre

Photo Friday, Things to Do — By Paige Moore on January 28, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Syngrou Avenue is an unending chain of banks, car dealers, strip clubs, and as of December 2010, one of the most exciting additions to the Athens cultural scene in the last decade. The Onassis Cultural Centre is an exquisite building reflecting sky  by day and burning like an oil lamp at night allowing passers-by a glimpse at Onassis’ personal prize, Auguste Rodin’s “The Kiss” as the centerpiece of the main entry. Two bronze sculptures by Antoine Bourdelle act as temple guardians of the gate: the Dying Centaur and the ancient Greek poetess, Sappho. Our photo Friday features the tender half of the pair, Sappho. All three of the sculptures have been offered to the centre courtesy of the National Gallery.

Antoine Bourdelle

Tags: Antoine Bourdelle, Athens, Auguste Rodin, Dying Centaur, National Gallery of Greece, Onassis Cultural Centre, Sappho, Syngrou Avenue