The National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens (EMST) opens its doors on February 28, ready to welcome the public with its permanent collection on view, its exhibitions and activities. The Museum’s official inauguration will take place in April, Greece’s Culture Minister Lina Mendoni said on Monday.

It took 10 years since EMST first opened in 2000, because of the gradual development of its temporary exhibition spaces and the suspension of its operations a year ago, in order for the permanent collection to be installed so that the museum could become fully operational.

The permanent collection exhibition features 172 works by 78 Greek and international artists integrated into three thematic axes: Memory References – Demands – Political narratives; Boundaries & Passages; and Heterotopias – Mythologies of the familiar – new perspectives.

The Contemporary Space hosts the exhibition titled “EMST Open, EMST as a Storyline” which presents the museum’s history since it first opened. The exhibitions, the activities, the educational programs and its gradual transformation, has defined the museum. Over the next months, a series of parallel events will be organized together with the exhibition.

The museum’s Project Room showcases the new video – installation work In Vitro by Larissa Sansour and Soren Lind, presented at Denmark’s pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2019.

EMST’s website has been redesigned and enriched with information about the artworks and the artists of the museum’s collection.

The entry to the museum will be free from February 28 and throughout March.