The Benaki Museum in Greece raised money by online auction of art due to financial difficulties due to the pandemic.
November 28 According to a report quoted by the European Union News Agency by the European Network, the COVID-19 epidemic has had a huge impact on the cultural industry, and the Benaki Museum, one of Greece’s most popular museums, has also suffered financial difficulties due to the epidemic.
In response to the crisis, the Benaki Museum has selected a number of non-collection works of art to raise funds through online auctions from November 30 to December 7.
On November 7th, local time, in Athens, Greece, pedestrians passed through the closed shopping street.
It is reported that since the emergence of the coronavirus epidemic, the revenue of the Benaki Museum has been greatly affected by the sharp decline in ticket and souvenir sales and sponsorship activities, and one third of its employees have to suspend their employment contracts.
In response to the financial crisis, the museum chose to supplement working capital by raising funds.
The artwork auctioned online by the Benaki Museum is a collection that has been previously exhibited in the museum or donated by supporters of the Benaki Museum.
The museum said that although like many museums in other countries, they accepted the idea of raising funds through auctions, they would not auction the museum’s collections.
For the online auction of the Benaki Museum, more than 150 artists supported them with practical actions, and donated 260 paintings, sculptures and photo works to the museum for auction.
In order to allow more people to participate, the starting price of the work ranges from 50 to 50,000 euros. The auction platform will open at 10 p.m. on November 30 and accept quotations until 9 p.m. on December 7.
As one of the most popular and famous museums in Athens, the Benaki Museum was built in 1930 in memory of Antonine Benaki in memory of his father. In 1931, Benaki donated it to the state.
The Benaki Museum contains cultural relics and national works of ancient Greek, Byzantine, modern and contemporary Greece.
The collection also includes two important paintings by the famous Greek painter EL Greco. In addition to Greek artifacts and artifacts, there are also precious collections such as Persian silk.