The new public gallery of Larisa was created in order to host the large collection of surgeon G.I. Katrigras an art enthusiast and collector, who donated 700 paintings to the city.
The collection contains invaluable art pieces from great Greek painters such as Lytras, Volanakis, Gysis, Galanis, Parthenis and many more.
The city of Larisa already had a small collection of 200 paintings from local artists which were mostly donated by the artists themselves.
Mr Katrigras donated as well the inestimable furniture of his office that belonged to the famous archaeologist - treasure hunter Heinrich Schliemann (that discovered Troy, Mycenae and Tiryns). He also donated his collection of art magazines (1200 titles) most of them hard to find or out of circulation.
The construction of the building was finished during 2003, when it was inaugurated by the President of the Hellenic Democracy - Kosti Stefanopoulo. The total surface of the building reaches 6.500 sq.m.