Contemplations of a Collector, Irini Pari in conversation with Dimitris Daskalopoulos, 2024

“My collection deals with the most elemental, diachronic, and age-old issues of the human condition. It explores how the artists approach the human body as a source of creativity and
the vessel of existential, social, and ideological struggle. […]
My interest in art has not been limited to the framework of building a collection. Its main characteristic has been the constant pursuit of being in touch with the beauty of art and the joy and inspiration that this contact brings.”

Dimitris Daskalopoulos


Started in 1994, the D.Daskalopoulos Collection is today an extended yet focused collection of contemporary art by leading international and Greek artists. The art- works included in the collection focus on the human body as a source of creativity and the vessel of existential, social, and ideological struggle. The collection features large-scale installations and sculptures, as well as drawing, collage, film, and video.

Important artists in the collection include Marina Abramović, Matthew Barney, Louise Bourgeois, Helen Chadwick, Paul Chan, Bruce Conner, Robert Gober, David Hammons, Mona Hatoum, Isaac Julien, Jannis Kounellis, Stathis Logothetis, Sarah Lucas, Paul McCarthy, Steve McQueen, Ana Mendieta, Marisa Merz, Annette Messager, Wangechi Mutu, Ernesto Neto, Cornelia Parker, Pipilotti Rist, Dieter Roth, Doris Salcedo, Kiki Smith, and Paul Thek.

A major body of important artworks from the D. Daskalopoulos Collection will be donated to four museums: the National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens (EMST), the S.R. Guggenheim Foundation and Museum (NY), the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago, and Tate (London).

A conversation between Irini Pari and Dimitris Daskalopoulos exposes the driving force, the challenges, and the subjects that moved him to assemble this extraordinary collection.

Dimitris Daskalopoulos (born 1957 in Athens) is an entrepreneur, a collector of con- temporary art and the founder of the NEON organization. He is also a Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the S.R. Guggenheim Foundation, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, an active member of the Tate International Council, the Leadership Council of the New Museum, and a founding partner of the Whitechapel’s Future Fund.

Additional Information

DIMENSIONS20.5 × 28.3 CM
ISBN EN978-2-85117-331-7
Dimensions29 x 2.5 cm
Weight1.5 kg