National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens



Oral histories: The FIX building

The FIX building, permanent house of the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (EMST) and part of its identity, is not only an Athenian landmark but also part of Greece’s industrial history and architectural heritage. A significant example of post-war modernism and characteristic work of the architect Takis Zenetos and his partner Margaritis Apostolidis, the FIX building, its history and the interventions it suffered, some of which altered its original physiognomy, have occupied both the scientific community and the public.

But how much do we know about the emblematic building? What do we know about the obscure and controversial aspects of its long and multifaceted history?

The EMST, through its program “Oral histories: The FIX Building”, focuses on the oral testimonies of people associated with the building: local residents, passers-by, old employees, architects, state officials, and others remember and deposit their narratives, contributing to the preservation of collective memory.

The program “Oral histories: The FIX Building” is carried out in the framework of the enrichment and promotion of the artistic archive of EMST and is part of the broader Oral Histories program. For its implementation, the EMST is working with the Department of Communication, Media and Culture, the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, the Department of History and Archeology, the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the Department of Architecture, NTUA.

Concept and coordination: Eleni Ganiti (EMST curator), Anina Valkana (EMST curator)

Scientific responsibles: Eleni Ganiti (Art Historian, EMST Curator), Irene Nakou (Professor Emeritus, University of Thessaly, founding member of the Oral History Association), Anina Valkana (Art Historian, EMST Curator), Tasoula Vervenioti (Historian, Historian, member of the Grassroots Oral History Groups Coordination Committee)

Scientific Team: Andromache Gazi (Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, Media and Culture, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences), Dimitra Lambropoulou (Lecturer, Department of History and Archaeology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens), Tassis Papaioannou (Professor, Department of Architecture, NTUA), Argyris Rokas (Professor Emeritus, Department of Architecture, NTUA). Advisory contribution: Dr. Dora Theodoropoulou (Architect Engineer).