National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) [Museum Profile]



Where: Athens (Kallirois Ave and Amvrosiou Frantzi St)

In a few words:
The National Museum of Contemporary Art (also known as EMST) is the sole national institution in Athens focused only on collecting and exhibiting contemporary Greek and international art.


A pivotal aspect of the EMST’s artistic policy is the enhancement and enrichment of its permanent collections with works from Greek and international artists. Created within the renovated factory building of the Fix Beer brewery, the building itself is a fine example of postwar industrial architecture designed by Takis Zenetos. It is located in close proximity to the center of Athens as well as the archaeological sites of the city, including the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum.



What you will see:
There are two main axons according to which the collections are structured:
a historic one, dating from the second half of the 20th century, and a contemporary one.
Beyond the above, the museum organises the city’s largest contemporary art temporary exhibitions, most recently Urgent Conversations: Antwerp – Athens in 2016 and Documenta 14 in 2017.
The museum is developing its permanent collections through purchasing works of art as well as soliciting donations. EMST aims at developing a core collection of works representative of the basic directions of contemporary art.



A few of the exhibits:

Among the most important acquisitions are works by:

  • Chryssa, Yiannis Psychopedis, Ilya Kabakov, Stephen Antonakos, Gary Hill, Nan Goldin, Vadim Zakharov, and more

A rich collection of video art has also been built. Among the most prominent artists are:

  • Bill Viola, Bruce Nauman, Nam June Paik, Mona Hatoum, Vito Acconci, Dan Graham, Robert Wilson, Tony Oursler, Marina Abramović & Ulay, and more



Opening hours:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday and Wednesday: 11am – 9pm
Thursday: 11am – 11pm
Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 11am – 9pm

Ticket prices (2017):

Full admission: €8

Reduced admission: €4
1. Visitors under 18 years old (by showing their ID or passport)
2. Students from EU countries (by showing their university card)
3. Visitors with disabilities and their companion
4. Seniors over 65 years old with ID

Free admission:
1. Unemployed Greek citizens (with proof of unemployment)
2. Children under 12 years old, accompanied by at least one adult per child

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