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“Greek Collector Dimitris Daskalopoulos to Receive ICI’s Annual Leo Award” from Gallerist NY

Posted on July 21, 2014

By Nate Freeman

“Dimitris Daskalopoulos, the Greek entrepreneur, mega-collector and benefactor of art institutions the world over, will receive the Leo Award, an annual honor presented by Independent Curators International, Gallerist has learned. The award, which is named after the dealer Leo Castelli, will be presented to Mr. Daskalopoulos at a gala dinner and auction in New York this fall.

“Before vaulting into the highest echelons of several world class institutions—the Board of Trustees of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, the Leadership Council of the New Museum, the Tate International Council, among others—Mr. Daskalopoulos built his family’s modest dairy company into Viviartia, the greek foodstuffs behemoth. An accruing fortune and a keen interest in contemporary art led to the creation and expansion of the D.Daskalopoulos Collection, founded in 1994. The collection now comprises over 500 works by 170 artists, including Matthew Barney, Louise Bourgeois, Damien Hirst, Mike Kelley, Paul McCarthy, and Kiki Smith.”

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