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National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens

About the Museum


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National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens

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Photo: Stephie Grape, Image courtesy of the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens

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Photo: Stephie Grape, Image courtesy of the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens

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Photo: Stephie Grape, Image courtesy of the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens

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Photo: Stephie Grape, Image courtesy of the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens

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View of Parthenon from museum rooftop
Photo: Stephie Grape, Image courtesy of the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens

View of Parthenon from museum rooftop

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Photo: Vladislav Zukovsky & Christina Papadopoulou, Image courtesy of the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens

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The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (EMST) began its operation in 2000. Permanent home of the Museum is the former Fix brewery on Syngrou Ave., the reconstruction of which was completed in February 2014. The building occupies 18.142 sqm. on a 3.123 sqm surface.

From September 30th, 2008, EMST was hosted in sections of the building of the Athens Conservatory, while from 2003 until 2008 it was hosted in the Athens Concert Hall. It had also presented exhibitions and events at the Athens School of Fine Arts and in the public space.

The Museum’s collection is formed around a very important nucleus of works by Greek and foreign artists, such as Stephen Antonakos, Constantin (Dikos) Byzantios, Vlassis Caniaris, Chryssa, Mona Hatoun, Gary Hill, Emily Jacir, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Nikos Kessanlis, Jannis Kounellis, Shirin Neshat, Lucas Samaras, Costas Tsoclis, Bill Viola, a.o, which is constantly enriched.

The first exhibition, entitled Urgent Conversations: Athens – Antwerp inaugurated in 31.10.2016 the temporary exhibition spaces of the Museum’s new building simultaneously with the series EMST in the World, which is realized on an annual basis since then. The second exhibition of the series was realized through the collaboration of EMST with documenta 14 and lasted from April to September 2017. EMST and documenta collaborated by utilizing the wish of an organization to “learn from Athens” and the intention of the other to “open to the audience”, so they concluded to a common decision of a double relocation: EMST firstly became the main exhibition space of documenta 14 in Athens and, afterwards, Fridericianum in Kassel became the temporary home of part of the Museum’s collection, that was presented under the title ANTIDORON. The EMST Collection.

The new building, will dispose two and more of its floors, for the presentation of its permanent collection, while it will also have spaces for temporary exhibitions, conferences, events, educational programs for children and adults, a library, a project room, a media lounge etc. It will be equipped with a café and a restaurant.

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