National Museum of Contemporary Art
ΕΘΝΙΚΟ ΜΟΥΣΕΙΟ ΣΥΓΧΡΟΝΗΣ ΤΕΧΝΗΣ
tel.: 211 1019000-99
There was a push to get the museum up and running. when it was announced that documenta 14 would be held in both Athens and Kassel in 2017. Director Katerina Koskina said, “This is something that should have happened years ago.”
The museum’s inaugural exhibition, “Urgent Conversations: Athens—Antwerp,” opened on October 31 and will be on view through January 29, 2017. The show is described as “a reflective dialogue” between the collections of the new Greek museum and the Flemish Contemporary Art Museum in Antwerp.
The National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) established in October 2000, is the sole national institution focused only on collecting and exhibiting contemporary Greek and international art in Athens.
The building is located in close proximity to the center of Athens as well as the archaeological sites of the city, including the Acropolis and the New Acropolis Museum and is being serviced by a dedicated station of the Athens Metro system.
The recent restoration of the building created modern facilities for the permanent collection, periodic exhibitions, educational programs, and workshops. After an international architectural competition was announced, the architectural office which won the first prize and will realize the renovation of the Fix building are 3SK Stylianidis Architects in collaboration with Ioannis Mouzakis and Associates architects LTD – studies of technical works Pan. Babilis and associates, and INSTA.
Until the return of the museum operations to the Fix building, EMST used for its sporadic exhibitions program in the spaces of the Athens Conservatory, one of the most prestigious cultural institutions and finest buildings of architecture in Athens.
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