As an official national patron and supporter of contemporary art in Greece, EMST collects, exhibits, preserves, researches and interprets the art of our time in the wider global, historical and interdisciplinary context. The following axes constitute the mission of the museum:
- Preservation and promotion of works of art by Greek and foreign artists, which belong to the history of contemporary art, as well as works of various movements of contemporary artistic production, domestic and international, with an innovative and experimental character.
- Promotion of aesthetic cultivation and artistic education of the public.
- Development of scientific research regarding the history and theory of contemporary art and contemporary artistic creation.
- Supporting and accommodating art historians and theorists that specialize in museology.
By fulfilling the requirements of a contemporary museum, EMST addresses the public and is open to exploration and new perspectives and prospects on contemporary culture.