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2014: a roundup of the year ahead

Paris, 17 January 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA). 2013 proved to be a rich year – very rich. The art world showed no risk of growing stale, with record sales, major exhibitions, ever-expanding fairs, and legal and economic shake-ups from Munich to Detroit. Barely recovered from the events of last year, the art market’s major participants have begun to make promises of an equally spectacular 2014. Whilst the global economy is not at its healthiest, the evolution of cultural projects shows little sign of slowing down: new museums have opened their doors, and have rapidly accrued visitor numbers to match those of their more established competitors. Significant exhibitions have followed, with ever-more-ambitious shows having been met with unfailing public interest. As far as the art market is concerned, the phrase “economic crisis” doesn’t exist. Whilst it’s difficult to predict whether the exceptional sales figures realised by auction houses this year will be replicated – or even surpassed – in 2014, there is every reason to believe that the demand for prestigious lots will remain high. If works of the same quality as last year’s re-emerge on the market, it seems likely that buyers will respond with enthusiasm – and high sums of money. New art fairs have been appearing across the world, tempted by the business potential of art. Despite increasing competition – and despite the vast difference in scope between some newer fairs and heavyweights such as Art Basel, FIAC and Frieze – art market professionals remain tempted by the lure of collectors and amateurs with a desire to buy. We took a look at some of the largest and most anticipated events for the forthcoming year. Whilst many may remain hidden in unwritten press releases, details of some of 2014’s initial openings seem to promise an interesting...

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New building for EMST

Athens, 31 July 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). Thirteen years after its opening, the National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) has planned to open its new building in October 2013. As a national institution set up in 2000 and dedicated to the display of Greek and international contemporary art, the EMST will begin its new phase of operation with the accommodation of all its activities and collections in the Fix building. In 2000, the former Fix Brewery, converted afterwards into a comprehensive beer factory, was selected to host the Contemporary Art Museum. Abandoned for several years, this remarkable industrial building located in the heart of Athens had been designed by architect Takis Zénétos. With a total surface of 20,000 m2, the Fix building will enable to bring together the museum’s main services, its permanent collections, and its temporary exhibitions. The museum’s permanent collections are built around two axes, historical and synchronic and cover various fields: painting, installations, photography, video, new media, architecture, and industrial design. Anna Kafetsi, director of EMST, underlined on the museum’s website: “We compose collections of selective rather than encyclopaedic character, which promote advanced tendencies and critical...

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