Renowned private collector Dimitris Daskalopoulos has announced the donation of a significant portion of his collection of over 500 important contemporary art pieces to four museums in Greece, the UK and the US.
Donation by Daskalopoulos, curator of the D. Daskalopoulos collection and founder of the organization NEON will also create an innovative network of synergies between these organizations.
The donation consists of over 350 works by 142 Greek and foreign artists.
Many of these works were created by some of the most important contemporary artists of the last few decades: Marina Abramovic, Matthew Barney, Isaac Julien, Giannis Kounellis, Sarah Lucas, Paul McCarthy, Steve McQueen, Paul Thek. The collection has been exhibited at some of the world’s leading institutions, including the Whitechapel Gallery in London, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh.
Of these works, 140 will go to the National Museum of Modern Art in Athens (EMST), about 100 will go to the Guggenheim in New York and the Museum of Modern Art in Chicago, and 110 will go to the Tate in London.
“I never felt like the owner of a work of art. They belong to their creators forever. A work of art only makes sense when it is seen, if it interacts with the viewer and evokes emotions,” said the cheerful Greek financier and mega-collector artnet news by Zoom.
Kutluğ Ataman Küba, 2004 Installation consisting of 40 video channels with sound, 40 used chairs, 40 tables, 40 old TV sets. Display Locations: Portals, Former Public Tobacco Factory, Hellenic Parliament and NEO @ Natalia Tsoukalas, NEON*
Daskalopoulos began collecting contemporary art in 1994, with a collection of over 500 works by 220 artists.
Photo: Natalia Tsukala (NEON) cnngreece
* For some reason, it seems to me, personally, that the collector simply ran out of free space, since one such installation occupies about 100 square meters, and the number of people wishing to exhibit such a thing tends to zero.