The Captivating Museum of Costas Tsoclis on Tinos

This year's exhibition features historic works with which the renowned artist represented Greece at the 1986 Venice Biennale

By Emilios Harbis

The Costas Tsoclis Museum in Kambos on the Aegean island of Tinos is captivating from the get-go thanks to an imposing sculpture of Saint George slaying the dragon in the courtyard, a work of art that connects the classical and the modern, a hybrid style that exemplifies the artist’s work.


Costas Tsoclis, now 87, has made Tinos his second home and has endowed the island with his artistic legacy in the museum, officially launched in early June with Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos in attendance.

The museum has has already been around for a decade or so, located in the building that was once home to Kambos’s old primary school. Every summer, the school’s old classrooms host various art exhibitions, while concurrent educational programs are also offered.

This year’s exhibition, “The Sea as I Remember It,” is particularly important as it features “Seascape” and “Rainbow,” two works with which Tsoclis represented Greece at the 1986 Venice Biennale. The paintings dominate the museum’s spacious first hall, acquainting visitors with the realistic, tactile quality of the artist’s work.

A “biographical” corridor follows, offering museum visitors information on the artist’s life and work. It leads to the final and most fascinating part of the building. Large skylights allow in natural light, which is filtered through blue fabric to create an illusory underwater effect. As a result, the art work hanging on the walls gives the impression of precious artifacts waiting to be retrieved from the bottom of the sea. At the same time, a mirror with a boat transforms this supposed “seabed” into a “sea surface,” which appears to be endlessly crossed by some traveler.

This year is significant for our museum, for a variety of reasons. Besides the exhibition, the museum’s establishment as a municipal institution will allow us to apply for EU subsidies, in order to improve and expand the building,” said Chrysanthi Koutsouraki, the museum’s director.

“With this in mind, the artist has already bought an adjacent plot of land intended to host the museum’s new wing,” she added. Most recently, Koutsouraki started working on a Tsoclis catalogue raisonne, compiling a comprehensive and annotated list of the artist’s body of work as precisely as possible.

Read More


Τhe National Art Gallery of Greece Reopens (And 15 of Our Favorite Exhibits)

After eight years of renovation, the nation’s leading art museum...


Inside the New Goulandris Museum: A Modern Art Repository 30 Years in the Making

Elise and Basil Goulandris purchased their first painting in 1956....


Athens Illustrated: 4 Exciting Comic Book Artists Capture the City

Four talented Athenian practitioners of the ninth art draw inspiration...


11+1 Unknown, Small Wineries in the Cyclades

Small vineyards, poor soil and serious wine-making

Greece Is Blog Posts

An Ode to Local Products

BY Yiouli Eptakili

No more avocado toast and croque-madames. From Thessaloniki to Crete...

read more >

How Can Greece Become a Gastro-Tourism Destination?

BY Yiouli Eptakili

It’s about more than just taking a trip...

read more >

Leaving Room in Greece for Everyone

BY Greece Is

Labor Day, this year September 5, marks the...

read more >