Special ceremony for the award of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) to Dimitris Daskalopoulos

Dimitris Daskalopoulos received The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) award in recognition of his services to the arts and philanthropy, during a special ceremony held at the Residence of the British Ambassador to Greece.  

The Honorary OBE was awarded to Dimitris Daskalopoulos by His Majesty’s Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic Mr. Matthew Lodge, who stated “The UK honours system celebrates the people who go above and beyond to change the world around them for the better. Which leads me neatly to the reason why we are all gathered here this evening on this happy occasion: to celebrate Dimitris Daskalopoulos’s investiture as an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. 

A prominent and respected figure in the business world, known for his leadership and contributions to various industries. But also, a philanthropist and a man of the arts and culture. His charitable initiatives and generosity have had significant social impact in culture and the arts.”

Dr Maria Balshaw CBE, Director of Tate, noted “The D.Daskalopoulos Collection Gift tells us a lot about the man who bestowed it. It speaks of his whole-hearted faith in the public museum and the people who run them. He recognises the unique position of the museum – of our ability to display extraordinary works of art to the broadest possible audience, and, in his words, to hold works in dialogue with the art of the future. He has transformed a private collection into a public resource.”

Sir Nicholas Serota CH, Chair of Arts Council England mentioned “Over thirty years Dimitris Daskalopoulos created one of the exceptional collections in Europe or America. His generosity in placing this collection for long term public benefit in museums in Athens, Chicago, New York and London is unprecedented.”

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