The Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation was established in 1979. It is a non-profit organisation whose main purpose is the operation of the museums on Andros and Athens, as well as the promotion of the visual Arts at national and international level. Basil and Elise Goulandris founded this initiative and envisioned a lively cultural organisation, on par with internationally acclaimed establishments in the field of the visual arts. In order to provide the opportunity for a wider audience to connect and become familiar with the art that they so loved, Basil and Elise Goulandris’s vision included the creation of the museum in Athens. The museum, opened in 2019, aims to promote this new hub into a vehicle for the development of innovative cultural activities by exploiting contemporary museum applications in the field of modern and contemporary Greek and international art.
Online and Virtual Guided Tours for the Elderly
The grant regards two main projects targeted towards the elderly who may not otherwise have access to the museum. The first project is the creation of digital tours and presentations of some of the masterpieces housed by the museum. These digital tours are interactive presentations, targeting the elderly at home or at care-homes who are unable to visit the museum. The tours guide the viewers through an interactive online discussion of various pieces of art, in this way guiding and engaging the elderly through the experience. The second project involves the rendering of all the artwork and the building into 3D virtual reality, allowing for a virtual tour of the museum. The idea is to create a complete virtual tour of all 5 floors of the public exhibition gallery, which will essentially allow a “visitor” wearing a virtual reality mask to take a tour of the museum. The elderly will be able to view and listen to a guided tour, history and explanation of the artist and each piece of art. Additionally, virtual reality masks will be able to be sent to hospital wards and care homes across Greece. This will allow isolated or immobile elderly to participate in these tours.