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Model of the new National Museum of Contemporary Art

National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST)

The National Museum of Contemporary Art began its operation in 2000 and, even without premises or collections, immediately started with exhibitions of mostly critical and experimental character.

In 2000, the long deserted Fix brewery, a remarkable industrial building in the centre of Athens, created by the architect Takis Zenetos, was selected as the permanent house of the newly founded EMST, with the perspective to be reconstructed and thus serve the edificial and functional demands of the museum. In September 2003, EMST left the temporarily established exhibition space in the Fix building and transferred its services to a neighboring building, at 14, Frantzi Steet, so that the reconstruction and refurbishment works of the former brewery could begin. Since December 2003, exhibitions are also hosted by the new exhibition space of Megaron Moussikis, the Athens Concert Hall.

Despite the demolition of one part, the building offered significant unified spaces of a total of 20.000 square meters and of a total volume of 90.000 cubic meters which allowed the gathering of the museum's main functions such as permanent and periodical exhibitions, administration, archives, library, an auditorium, laboratories, an art-store, cafeteria and restaurant.

When the museum building will have been completed and will open its doors to the audience, the under construction permanent collections are presented in periodical exhibitions which bring to the fore thematic or conceptual nuclei and artistic tendencies or periods.

Among the basic aims of the National Museum of Contemporary Art are: the creation of collections of works of contemporary Hellenic and international art, the promotion and presentation of advanced and experimental artistic tendencies, the enhancement of the aesthetic and artistic cultivation of the audience and the development of scientific research on subjects of contemporary art history and theory.

Educational programs for school groups and families, children workshops, tour for adults and educators' seminars are realized, aiming at contributing to the discovery of and familiarization with contemporary art, Greek and international, of all age audiences.

Within its policy for the development for scientific research, the documentation of its collections and contemporary art in general, EMST creates the Artists' Archive. This archive is being constructed from documents coming from purchases and donations of artists as well as through the program Oral Stories. The aim of the museum is to develop into a center of digital documentation for contemporary art, within the context of the European program 'Information Society'.

Opening hours Opening hours and admission
Kallirrois Ave. & Am. Frantzi Str. (Former FIX Factory)
Nearest metro station
Bus lines Kostaki stop bus 134, 135, 136, 137, B2, 106, 126, A2, E2T, E2 express, 040
Bus lines Kallirrois stop bus 450 & 550 Top



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