The Era of Images

The Gift

The Era of Images

In April 2022, the collector Dimitris Daskalopoulos announced that more than 350 works by 142 artists from his collection will be his donation to four major international museums.

140 of the works in the collection are destined for the Greek National Museum of Contemporary Art, around 100 of them will be donated jointly to the Guggenheim and MCA Chicago and 110 to Tate.

The Era of Images records this significant moment and presents part of the donated works that were exhibited at the old building of the Greek Public Tobacco Factory.

Katerina Zacharopoulou meets at the atrium of the space:

Dimitris Daskalopoulos, who elaborates on his decision to donate his collection to these 4 museums, while emphasizing his initial goal for the collection to become a resource for the public benefit.

Richard Armstrong, Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, who discusses how the artworks from the D.Daskalopoulos Collection will contribute to the expansion of narratives in conjunction with the permanent collection of the museum.

Dr Maria Balshaw CBE, Director of Tate, who states that this gift is an act of exceptional generosity.

Katerina Gregos, Artistic Director of the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (EMST), who highlights that this is the greatest gift in the 20-year history of EMST, as much in size as in importance.

Madeleine Grynsztejn, Pritzker Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, who stresses that this gift will mobilize today and in the future, the narratives of contemporary art towards the public and will inspire the new generation of artists in our rapidly evolving world.

Ioanna Vryzaki, Director of the D. Daskalopoulos Collection, explains the passion of the collector, his goals from the beginning for the future of the collection and the importance of this great donation.

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