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The D.Daskalopoulos collection at the Bilbao Guggenheim


Bilbao's Guggenheim Museum is hosting from April to September one of the most important private collections of contemporary art, the D.Daskalopoulos Collection. The exhibition, sponsored by Iberdrola, presents a suite of pieces dating from the 1980s and '90s by recognised figures such as Louise Bourgeois, Robert Gober, Mike Kelley, Martin Kippenberger, Paul McCarthy, Annette Messager and Kiki Smith, as well as projects by young talents such as Paul Chan, Guyton\Walker, Nate Lowman and Wangechi Mutu. Each artist is represented by a relevant installation or group of significant works from their trajectory, resulting in a comprehensive analysis of some of the most relevant artistic developments in recent decades.

The title of the show, The Luminous Interval, comes from the writings of the Greek philosopher Nikos Kazantzakis (1883–1957), whose thought was particularly influential on the collector practices of Dimitris Daskalopoulos. Kazantzakis conceived life as a “luminous interval” during which struggle and disintegration are necessary for creation and rebirth. The Guggenheim show focuses on this philosophy that hovers between crisis and success, alienation and trauma, cultural identity and the human body.

Many of the most ambitious and important pieces in the D.Daskalopoulos Collection included in the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum exhibition will be shown for the first time since they were acquired for the collection. Currently, Daskalopoulos is embarked on the search for a suitable venue in Athens to become the permanent headquarters for his collection from 2013.


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