National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens

The contemporary art on display includes work by both international and Greek artists, The big names include Bill Viola, Bruce Nauman, Nam June Paik, Mona Hatoum, Robert Wilson, Tony Oursler and Annette Messager.

Known to locals as EMST (ΕΜΣΤ) and on the site of a former Fix brewery, this modern building displays a permanent collection of almost 200 pieces of contemporary art by 78 different artists.

Among the most important acquisitions are works by Ilya Kabakov, Stephen Antonakos, Gary Hill, Nan Goldin, Vadim Zakharov, Gillian Wearing, Ann Sofi Siden, Vlassis Caniaris, Nikos Kessanlis, Eleni Mylonas, Dimitris Alithinos, Nikos Navridis, Joel Sanders, Allan Sekula, Costas Tsoclis, George Hadjimichalis, Chryssa, Yiannis Psychopedis, Andreas Angelidakis, Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis and Lewis and Tessera.

Among the most prominent video  artists are: Bill Viola, Bruce Nauman, Nam June Paik, Mona Hatoum, Vito Acconci, Dan Graham, Robert Wilson, Tony Oursler, Marina Abramović & Ulay, Eleni Mylonas, Chris Burden, Lynda Benglis, Sadie Benning, Sophie Calle & Gregory Shephard, Carolee Schneemann, Martha Rosler, Dara Birnbaum, Walid Ra’ad/The Atlas Group and Jayce Salloum.

In 2022, EMST received a major donation of 140 contemporary art pieces: 'The D.Daskalopoulos Collection Gift, including major works by artists Kutluğ Ataman, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Paul McCarthy, Ana Mendieta, as well as many Greek artists as well.

Admire all the different media on display, from photography and painting to architecture and three-dimensional pieces.

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