22 APRIL 2014 / A substantial grant by the SNF to the National Museum of Contemporary Art

The Board of Directors of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation has approved a €3 million grant to the National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST), for the immediate completion of the substantial reconstruction works at the Museum’s building, the former Fix Brewery.

Specifically, the grant supports the update and implementation of the museological study, the purchase and installation of the necessary general and specialized equipment, while also covers the presentation costs of the Museum’s permanent collection, which include the configuration of the exhibition space and the transportation and installation of the artworks. 

The EMST is the only state-run museum of contemporary Greek and international art in Athens. The Foundation’s grant gives the EMST the opportunity, for the very first time, to fully fulfill its mission and take on its central role as the foremost contemporary art venue in Greece, encouraging, at the same time, the creation of an incubator for new ideas in the field of contemporary art. Furthermore, the Foundation’s grant also means the immediate addition of yet another important architectural space to the city’s urban landscape, and the development of an important cultural district, which begins from the Acropolis, continues with the EMST and the Onassis Cultural Centre, and ends at the under construction Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center.

With the completion of the reconstruction works on the Museum’s building, Athens will gain one of the most state-of-the-art and best equipped museum venues in Greece, where both the Greek public and the country’s visitors from abroad will have the opportunity to discover the history and international dimension of contemporary Greek art. It is worth noting that, during 2013, approximately 15,000 people visited the EMST’s exhibitions at its temporary premises, and the operation of the new building is expected to boost the Museum’s popularity even further, due to its larger exhibition spaces and the additional complementary activities it will now be in a position to organize.

Through this grant, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation not only supports the smooth operation of the EMST, but also the creation of the necessary conditions that will enable the Museum to make a direct contribution to the social and cultural development of its surrounding neighborhoods.

The Co-President of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Board of Directors, Mr. Andreas Dracopoulos, stated: “Our grant to the EMST is part of the Foundation’s initiatives to support the country’s important cultural institutions. The completion of the EMST has been a dream of many decades and comes to fill a significant gap in the cultural landscape of the city and the country at large. Supporting Art and Culture as creative capital and as driving forces for prosperity and development represents both a priority and a fundamental choice for the Foundation.”