National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens




New Acquisitions. 2017-2018

EMST Temporary exhibitions space (Ground floor)

Opening: Tuesday 4 December 2018 at 19.30
Duration: 4 December 2018 – 20 January 2019

 In the framework of the museum’s extroversive strategy and just before its full operation, the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (EMST) presents a selection of works acquired during 2017 – 2018 from 5th December 2018 to 20th January 2019. This exhibition is a continuation of New Acquisitions 2014-2017 presented from November 2017 to January 2018.

Historical and contemporary works by 24 major practitioners, donated by artists and outstanding Greek collectors, reinforce the existing sections of the collection and add new directions in terms of research and reflection on the issues of contemporary art. At the core of the new acquisitions in the EMST collection is the significant and generous donation of 68 works – mainly of Greek artists from various generations – by collector Mr Dakis Joannou, as well as a large donation of works by Greek and foreign artists from a collector-friend of the museum who has opted to remain anonymous.

Human activity, archival treatment of the past, relation with life and death through symbols and references, Totemic motifs or the expanded and grandiose view of an ephemeral and often unnecessary daily routine are just some of the themes related to the works presented.
In a critical moment, EMST operates again its temporary exhibition spaces and invites the public for one more view in its new acquisitions reinforcing its core, its collection, before it is permanently exhibited on the museum’s upper three floors.

Participating artists: Maria Antelman, Dimitrios Antonitsis, Katerina Apostolidou,Bertille Bak, Aidas Bareikis, Vanessa Beecroft, Richard Billingham, John Bock, Jeremy Deller, Anastasia Douka, Alexandros Georgiou, George Lappas, DeAnna Maganias, Miltos Manetas, Michael Michaeledes, Olivia Mihălţianu, Julian Opie, Maria Papadimitriou, Vasilis Skylakos, Diamantis Sotiropoulos, Thanasis Totsikas, Dimitra Vamiali, Maria Zervos, Vasilis Zografos


National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (EMST)
Kallirrois Ave. & Amvr. Frantzi Street (former FIX factory)
Athens, Greece, 117 43

Tel: + 30 211 1019000
Fax: +30 211 1019111

Entrance for visitors with disabilities: Syngrou Avenue

Opening hours
Tuesday – Sunday: 11.00 – 19.00
Monday closed

Tickets: full 5 € – reduced 3 €


We would like to thank for its generous sponsorship of the catering the Confectioneries “GR. KONSTANTINIDIS SA”

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Smartify at EMST

The free-of-charge Smartify app helps the public connect with art, bringing together more than 30 museums and organisations internationally. The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (EMST) is the first museum in Greece that participates in this global art app. It started with the exhibition New Acquisitions (2014-2017) of the EMST Collection and it continues with the current temporary exhibition of EMST New Acquisitions.2017-2018, which is presented at EMST until January 20.

When the exhibition is completed, the audience will still have the opportunity to look back at their favourite scanned works via the app. All artworks of the permanent EMST Collection will be on view through Smartify after their installation in the museum.

Smartify uses image-recognition technology to enable visitors to scan artworks with smartphones and tablets, uncovering information about a specific artwork as well as creating their own ‘personal’ collection.

The application is also into use in important museums and foundations abroad such as the National Gallery and Royal Academy of Arts in London, the Metropolitan Museum of New York, the Rijksmuseum in Netherlands, the Hermitage Museum in Russia and many more.

The application is a social initiative supported by the European Union and Innovate UK, a UK governmental organization.