"Cycladic Books" at Chryssa’s studio in New York, Photograph, EMΣΤ Art Archive, Inv. No. 6758, Bequeathed by the artist



SATURDAY 21.01.2023 at 13.00

As part of ΕΜΣΤ’s public programme of which focuses, among other things, on the management and care-taking of art works and their legal and professional aspects, the Museum is organising one-day conference entitled Artists’ Estates. The Afterlife of Artworks.

The management of an artist’s tangible and intangible heritage is inextricably intertwined with the work of museums, history of art as well as the art market. Especially as regards the legacy of contemporary artists, issues of care, management, selection, inclusion and promotion of its unappreciated aspects are of key importance.

How does an artwork remain “alive”? What is the legal framework for the protection, management and promotion of artworks by deceased artists? What does the phrase “Artist’s Estate” entail, and what is its role in the private and public spheres? What are the challenges as regards the preservation of an artist’s legacy in terms of management, research and curation?

With a view to establishing critical ground for dialogue, ΕΜΣΤ is bringing together a number of art professionals, as well as specialists from other disciplines, to discuss the legal, institutional, social, and cultural aspects of the protection, management and promotion of an artist’s legacy. The conference will focus on the legal framework for the protection of artworks by deceased artists and on the existing tools and practices for their management and promotion. It will also deal with the multidimensional role of recent initiatives in Greece and abroad as regards the preservation of contemporary artists’ artworks. It will explore issues of curatorial promotion, artistic use and appropriation of artistic legacy. How is the notion of “care” redefined in the context of artistic legacy management and promotion, especially in relation to less prominent or even under-recognised artists? What is the role of artistic and curatorial practices regarding the reappropriation and renegotiation of an artistic legacy?

Organised by: Tina Pandi, ΕΜΣΤ curator with 3 137 artist-run space (Chrysanthi Koumianaki, Kosmas Nikolaou, Paky Vlassopoulou).


Keynote speakers at the conference will include Robert Beavers, filmmaker and creator (together with Gregory Markopoulos) of the Temenos Archive, Katerina Thomadaki, filmmaker, multimedia artist, and theoretician, co-creator with Maria Klonaris, and Anna Schäffler, art historian and curator.

Participants: Chloe Akrithaki, Poppy Alexiou, Georges Armaos, Klea Charitou, Anastasia Douka, Pigi Konstantinou, Pierrina Koriatopoulou, Nefeli Papadimitriou, Yorgos Sapountzis, Dimitris Tsoumplekas, Eirini Vourloumis,  Yerasimos Yannopoulos.


Entry is free with admission tickets that will be distributed on a first-come first-served basis half an hour before the event.
Simultaneous interpreting available.