Monument to Now, an exhibition of current
trends in contemporary art will showcase the works
of the most influential international artists of
the past decade and will attempt to articulate
the most important recent artistic innovations.
The works in the exhibition will be drawn from
the Dakis Joannou Collection, one of the leading
collections of new international art.
has been a remarkably lively period in art since
the Dakis Joannou Collection was last presented
in the exhibition Everything
That's Interesting Is New at The Factory
in Athens in 1996. Art is now strongly engaged
with contemporary life after many years of withdrawal
into self-referential Conceptualism. The philosophic
foundations of Conceptual Art still influence today's
artistic approach, but artists are much more involved
with humanistic issues and with popular culture.
There is also a renewed interest in illusion,
narrative, decoration and other artistic concerns
that had been banished but doctrinaire Conceptualism.
More than at any point in the past thirty years,
art is again involved with a commentary on the
There is a growing dialogue
between new art, fashion, music and design. There
has been a renewed emphasis on creating strong,
memorable images, which includes a revival of figurative
painting and sculpture. There is also an increasingly
sophisticated understanding about how art can
use the mass media to expand its impact.
Dakis Joannou Collection has been particularly
active during the past several years and has
added many major new works that reflect these
trends. Alongside new acquisitions of important
works by Robert Gober, Jeff Koons, Charles Ray,
Christopher Wool, and other artists to whom the
Dakis Joannou Collection has been committed since
the 1980s, the exhibition will emphasize leading
artists who have emerged since the last major
presentation of the collection in 1996.