The Modern Art Museum would have been ready to admit the public by now had it not met with such a stubborn reaction from local residents. The I.M. Pei-designed building, which is to house the Goulandris family’s collection of 20th century artworks, would have been a real gem for Greece, a country seriously lacking in contemporary art spaces. The collection comprises 158 works which are currently in Switzerland, Paris and New York, and which includes, among others, works by Gaugin, Picasso, Braque, Matisse, Klee, Miro, Kandinsky, Chagall, Warhol and Pollock, as well as sculptures by Rodin and Giacometti. Instead of enjoying these magnificent works of art, visitors to Athens this summer will have to settle for a stroll around the park.