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 EMST simultaneously with the series EMST in the World.

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 same part of the collection, enriched, will be exhibited in the permanent collection spaces of EMST in Athens, when the Museum will officially open its doors.

The strategic objective of the Museum and its prerequisite remain its full operation, which, if the present conditions apply and the commitments are fulfilled, can be inaugurated within 2018. EMST continues its outreach and synergies program which began dynamically in 2016, and focuses further on research and the creation of activities for the promotion of the contemporary artistic production in Greece, through its institutional role.

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.


Infographic: Panos Konstantopoulos