The DESTE Prize was established in 1999 and is awarded biennially to a Greek or Cypriot artist living in Greece or abroad. The prize aims to showcase an emerging generation of artists and is integral to the foundation’s policy of supporting and promoting contemporary art.
The six shortlisted artists for the DESTE Prize 2011 – Alexandra Bachzetsis, Anastasia Douka, Irini Miga, Eftihis Patsourakis, Theodoros Stamatogiannis and Jannis Varelas –show their work in an exhibition that is hosted for the second time by the Museum of Cycladic Art. This collaboration between the DESTE Foundation and the Museum of Cycladic Art is part of the latter’s “Young Views” program, which aims at launching a dialogue with a younger generation, keeping the public up to date with the latest developments in contemporary cultural production, and ensuring the dynamic presence of a space for the exchange of ideas.
An international jury of six will select and announce the winner of this year’s DESTE Prize on September 14, 2011. The winner receives the amount of €10.000.
Polina Kosmadaki – Curator, Benaki Museum
Nikos Navridis – Artist, DESTE Prize 2003 shortlist
Dimitris Palaiokrassas – Art historian , Art consultant
Iason Tsakonas – Collector, Remap Founder
Stelios Vellis – Journalist
Yerasimos Yannopoulos – Collector
Madeleine Grynsztejn – Director, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Chicago, IL
Dakis Joannou – President, DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art
Kasper König – Director, Museum Ludwig, Köln
Jessica Morgan – curator, Tate Modern, London
Sarah Thornton – Journalist and writer
Andro Wekua – Artist