Bia Davou, Sails, 1981

EMST at documenta 14

ANTIDORON. The EMST Collection

Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany


Documenta 14 completed  its journey in Athens, having the National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens (EMST) as its main exhibition venue. An important part of the EMST collection traveled to Germany, to be part of documenta 14 program in Kassel (10/6-17/9/17). The exhibition ANTIDORON. The EMST Collection occupies the whole emblematic building of Fridericianum. It comprises 82 artists and 180 works and it is curated by the Director of EMST, Katerina Koskina, supported by Stamatis Schizakis and Tina Pandi, Assistant Curators, and Iro Nikolakea in the Architectural design. It is presented in the framework of the Museum’s series EMST in the World.

The exhibition at the Fridericianum marks the first time that the most part of the EMST collection is presented outside Greece, through a double relocation that renders EMST’s home, one of the main venues of documenta 14 in Athens, and the Fridericianum, traditionally the centerpiece of a documenta, the temporary home of EMST’s collection.

EMST began creating its collection in 2000. Its acquisitions now include more than 1,100 works by Greek and international artists from the 1960s onward. The exhibition ANTIDORON. The EMST Collection is an adapted version of the extensive museological study that will be displayed in full at the EMST spaces. Presented in the Fridericianum, the birthplace of documenta and the first public museum in Europe, the exhibition deals with issues of border crossings, diasporas, cultural exchange, existential quests, and mythologies, as well as personal and collective memories. Additionally, the Fridericianum’s brief tenure as Germany’s first parliamentary building makes it the most appropriate venue in which to show the works of several artists, active during the troubled postwar era and the ensuing decades of political upheaval and revolutionary re-imagination of society.

While the presentation of the collection maintains its international scope, it also emphasizes the presence of pioneering Greek artists, highlighting and revisiting their national and international journeys.

The title embodies the mutual respect of both institutions, documenta 14 and EMST independently of their diverse commitments and missions, to discourse and to reinterpret essential issues and visual language. It deals with concepts such as trading, exchanging, sharing, giving and offering Antidoron (αντίδωρον, literally the return of a gift) or Antidanion (αντιδάνειo, the return of a loan either linguistic, cultural, or financial). The prefix “anti” reveals a distinct position and consequently a view, not necessarily opposed to, but departing from a different point in order to communicate, to argue, to bridge, to converge, and to accept each other’s’ stances.

Curated by Katerina Koskina
Assistant Curators: Tina Pandi, Stamatis Schizakis


Dimitris Alithinos
Nikos Alexiou
Andreas Angelidakis
Stephen Antonakos
Janine Antoni
Alexis Akrithakis
Evgenia Apostolou
Athanasios Argianas
Manolis Baboussis
Bertille Bak
Lynda Benglis
Andrea Bowers
Chronis Botsoglou
Yiannis Bouteas
David Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin
Constantin (Dikos) Byzantios
Pedro Cabrita Reis
Vlassis Caniaris
Chandris Pantelis

Bia Davou
George Drivas
Eirene Efstathiou
Haris Epaminonda
Koken Ergun
Jan Fabre
Stelios Faitakis
Carlos Garaicoa
Kendell Geers
George Hadjimichalis
Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige
Mona Hatoum
Gary Hill
Emily Jacir
Gulsun Karamustafa
Nikos Kessanlis
Panos Kokkinias
Dimosthenis Kokkinidis
Joseph Kosuth
Jannis Kounellis

Piotr Kowalski
Yorgos Lazongas
George Lappa
Ange Leccia
Stathis Logothetis
Maria Loizidou
Andreas Lolis
Danny Mathys
Yiannis Michas
Nikos Navridis
Nina Papaconstantinou
Maria Papadimitriou
Aimilia Papafilippou
Ilias Papailiakis
Rena Papaspyrou
Nausika Pastra
Jannis Psychopedis
Alexandros Psychoulis
Walid Raad
Oliver Ressler

Lucas Samaras
Yorgos Sapountzis
Allan Sekul
Vassilis Skylakos
Christiana Soulou
Aspa Stasinopoulou
Thodoros – sculptor
Thanasis Totsikas
Nikos Tranos
Stefanos Tsivopoulos
Costas Tsoclis
Dimitris Tzamouranis
Costas Varotsos
Kostis Velonis
Bill Viola
Vangelis Vlahos
Pantelis Xagoraris
Georgios Xenos