Angelos and Leto Katakouzenos were well-born and beautiful; they were also cultivated, idealists, patriots and polyglots. He was a French-trained psychiatrist and intellectual; she was a writer. Their circle of friends included Albert Camus, William Faulkner, and Hubert Humphrey, in addition to almost every Greek artist and poet active between the 1930s and the 1980s. A visit to their apartment, now a small museum, is a trip back to that golden era. With the hosts ‘temporarily absent’, you can poke around their belongings. The portraits and drawings by Chagall, Picasso, Ghika, and Tsarouchis were all gifts, as were the many signed books.
Curator Sophia Peloponnisiou compares the apartment to Orhan Pamuk’s Museum of Innocence in Istanbul, but “that was fiction, the objects acquired to tell a love story he invented. While this was real.”
Insider tip: The Katakouzenos House Museum hosts occasional lectures, concerts, exhibitions, and performances that keep its owners’ literary salon and spirit alive.