Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art

Price guide: Free

11 Filellinon & Emm. Pappa , Nea Ionia , Athens, 14234

Price guide: Free

Photo: Charalambos Louizidis & Katerina Glinou Courtesy: The DESTE Foundation
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Expert review of Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art

Cutting edge art in an old sock factory in the suburbs.

The sorry saga of Athens’ efforts to establish a Museum of Modern Art has been going on for decades. Until the Ministry of Culture gets its act together, you’ll have to schlep out to the suburb of Nea Ionia. This unlikely suburban location is where Greece’s biggest art collector, Dakis Joannou, has set up shop in a former sock factory. The entrance is designed as a giant wooden crate, an ironic reference to the containers used to transport art. Crossing the threshold into a glass case, you’ll feel like an object on display. Joannou’s extraordinary collection features A-listers of the global art world: including Maurizio Cattelan, Olafur Eliasson, Matthew Barney, Juergen Teller, and Jeff Koons. Joannou also champions emerging Greek artists through the foundation’s annual art prize.

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Expert tips: 
Every summer, the Deste Foundation commissions a site-specific installation in a former slaughterhouse on the island of Hydra – well worth the trip.

More information on Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art :

Price guide:
Art gallery
11 Filellinon & Emm. Pappa , Nea Ionia , Athens, 14234
+30 210 275 8490
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Open Wed noon-8pm, Sat 10am-2pm.
Free tags / Keywords:
Modern art, Cutting edge design

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