The National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens (EMST) opened its doors again and it welcomes its visitors by presenting its permanent collection, exhibitions and parallel activities.
After ten years from its first opening in 2000 and a really adventurous trajectory including the gradual activation of the museum’s temporary exhibitions spaces in 2016 and last year’s suspension of the museum’s operation, EMST proceeded with the installation works regarding its permanent collection and full operation.
EMST invites its visitors to participate in the formation of its brand new era at its permanent home and to make the museum their favorite place to visit.
The permanent collection includes 172 artworks created by 78 Greek and foreign artists which are focused on the following topics: Memories – Claims – Political narratives, Limits and passages and Eterotopias – Mythology of the familiar – New perspectives.
The Museum’s Project Room, where all new artworks and productions will be presented to the public, hosts the In Vitro video-installation directed by Larissa Sansour and Soren Lind, a 28′ fiction film that represented Denmark at the Venice Biennale in 2019.
Vital to EMST’s creative continuity was a €3,000,000 grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), announced in July 2018, which enabled completion of the works necessary for the Museum to operate to its fullest potential. This grant helped the Museum outfit its exhibition spaces and prepare and transport its permanent collection. SNF supported the procurement of essential equipment and contributed to the establishment and upgrade of various Museum spaces, including the Media Lounge, the Conservation Laboratory, the Library and Artistic Archive, and the Screening Room.
By opening its doors to a new era, EMST also changed its visual identity. Its new logo, designed by MNP company, after a restricted tender procedure had taken place, mainly refers to the unique parallelogram- shaped building that was firstly designed by the architect, Mr. Takis Zenetos. Both the building’s structure and its location reveal the existence of a horizontal axis. Through its visual simplicity, it mainly aims at describing a place, a frame that cannot be aesthetically self-identified; on the contrary, each time it takes a new identity and redefines itself depending on the artworks the museum hosts.
At present, the collection counts about 1.300 artworks, 965 of them belonging to the field of Painting and Three-dimensional Artworks, 323 to the field of Photography and New Media, 8 to the field of Architecture and Industrial Design, all of them created by 151 Greek and 105 foreign artists.
Dimitris Alithinos, Francis Alÿs, Stephen Antonakos, Kutlug Ataman, Kostis Velonis, Kendell Geers, Yorgos Gyparakis, Koken Ergun, Emily Jacir, Theodoros,sculptor, Vlassis Caniaris, Nikos Kessanlis, Panos Kokkinias, Dimosthenis Kokkinidis, Jannis Kounellis, George Lappas, Andrea Bowers, Chronis Botsoglou, Yannis Bouteas, Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, Georgios Xenos, Sheung Chuen Pak, Ilias Papailiakis, Walid Raad and the Atlas Group, Allan Sekula, Sotiris Sorogas, Aspa Stasinopoulou, Stefanos Tsivopoulos, Makis Faros, Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, Mona Hatoum, Jannis Psyshopedis, Alexandros Psychoulis
Carl Andre, Athanasios Argianas, Bill Viola, Dikos (Constantin) Byzantios, Carlos Garaicoa, Nan Goldin, Pedro Cabrita Reis, Michalis Katzourakis, Yorgos Lazongas, Yannis Michas, Carlos Motta, Nikos Navridis, Shirin Neshat, Pantelis Xagoraris, Leda Papacostantinou, Rena Papaspyrou, Pavlos, Oliver Ressler, Steve Roden, Lucas Samaras, Danae Stratou, Spencer Tunik, Costas Tsoclis, Chryssa
Nikos Alexiou, Janine Antoni, Danil, Haris Epaminonda, Ilya Kabakov, Niki Kanagini, Kimsooja, Bia Davou, Zafos Xagoraris, Nina Papaconstantinou, Rena Papaspyrou, George Hadjimichalis, Mona Hatoum, Cryssa
Andreas Angelidakis, Maria Papadimitriou, Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries
Nikos Alexiou, Mark Hadjipateras, Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries