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Opening Of Greece’s New National Museum of Contemporary Art Faces Delay

FIX_museum_L1021517The under-construction National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) at the former Fix brewery in Athens will possibly open to the public months later than planned and not in the Spring as previously announced.

FIX_museum_L1021553According to Greek newspaper Kathimerini, the extensive renovation of the former Fix brewery, located at the start of Syngrou Avenue towards the center of Athens, has been granted an extension for the unveiling, which is now scheduled for late February.

The delay of the unveiling is said to cause an even bigger delay for the opening of the museum to the public, which will most likely take place in the summer.

Due to the delay, the museum will not be able to feature as prominently as had been hoped in the program of Greece’s six-month presidency of the European Union.

Transformation from brewery to museum: a 14-year-old project

The transformation of the old Fix brewery into the EMST museum has been in progress since the establishment of the museum in 2000. The project was delayed on many occasions and the renovation process was complex.

Until the building is ready to house EMST, the museum will continue its operation at the Athens Conservatory, as it has since September 2008.

The EMST blog regularly posts updates and photos of the museum’s exterior and construction progress.

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