CULTURE

Joannou collection in Paris

A year after «Monument to Now,» the large exhibition of works from the Dakis Joannou contemporary art collection in Athens, part of the collection has traveled to Paris for another major presentation, at the city’s Palais de Tokyo contemporary art center. «Translation,» the title of the exhibition that opened just days ago at this alternative, experimental, Parisian art center, presents works by 22 artists represented in the collection and spans the course of the past two decades. The selections were made by curators Nicolas Bourriaud, Jerome Sans and Marc Sanchez. The artists represented in «Translation» are all prominent and highly established names in contemporary art: Vanessa Beecroft, Michael Bevilacqua, Cai Guo-Qiang, Maurizio Cattelan, Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, Liza Lu and Joseph Kosuth among them. A distinctive aspect of the exhibition is its unusual manner of display. It was designed by the well-known French graphic designers Michael Amzalag and Mathias Augustyniak. Known as M/M (Paris), Amzalag and Augustyniak have worked with artists from diverse fields (music, fashion, cinema, theater), such as the Icelandic singer Bjork, the Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto and the British artist Liam Gillick, and are known for their creative, multidisciplinary designs. The exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo is organized in cooperation with the DESTE foundation, which Dakis Joannou established in 1983. The contemporary art center which is part of the foundation has shown many exhibitions of contemporary art, most of them drawn from the Dakis Joannou collection. The exhibition at Palais de Tokyo will continue until September 18. For further information, log on to www.palaisdetokyo.com.