“The Imaginary Museum” is a new exhibition series at the New Museum which will periodically feature leading private collections of contemporary art from around the world, providing the opportunity for great works of art to be seen by a broader public. The first exhibition in this series will feature the Dakis Joannou Collection.
This is the first time that Joannou’s Athens-based collection, one of the very finest collections of contemporary art in the world, will be seen in the United States. Joannou has worked closely with artists and curators over three decades to assemble an unparalleled collection of iconic contemporary works that reflect his distinctive passion and fervor and special focus on figuration. The Dakis Joannou Collection contains 1,500 works by 400 artists, with major concentrations of works by Nathalie, Jeff Koons, Charles Ray among many others. Curated exhibitions from the collection have been presented at Joannou’s DESTE Foundation in Athens since the late 1980s and the collection has been exhibited in museums in Paris and Vienna. The New Museum has invited Jeff Koons to curate the exhibition.