MUSEUM OF CYCLADIC ART, ATHENS 24.4.2013-30.9.2013

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 2013 – Marianna Christofides, Elias Papailiakis, Michail Pirgelis, Kostas Sahpazis, Maria Theodoraki, Alexandros Tzannis – will present their work in an exhibition hosted by the Museum of Cycladic Art, which is scheduled to run from 24th April through to 30th September, 2013. This collaboration between the DESTE Foundation and the Museum of Cycladic Art falls within the scope of the latter’s “Young Views” program, which aims to engage a younger audience, bring the public up to date with developments in contemporary cultural production and open up a dynamic space for the exchange of ideas.

The winner of the prize will be selected by an international Jury of six and announced during an award ceremony to be held on September 9, 2013. The winner receives the amount of €10,000.

Following a suggestion of this year’s Selection Committee, the current edition of the DESTE Prize Exhibition will feature a performance by the Nova Melancholia theater group, which is known for its use of a highly diverse, hybrid language. The performance will take place on the day of the show’s opening, on April 24, 2013.


The 2013 DESTE Prize was awarded to Kostas Sahpazis.

Aphrodite Gonou, Contemporary Art Advisor
Dennis Zacharopoulos, Art Historian; Critic;  Artistic Director, MMCA, Thessaloniki
Eftihis Patsourakis, Artist; DESTE Prize 2011 shortlist
Nikos Pattichis, Collector; President, Phileleftheros Media Group
Faye Tzanetoulakou, Art Historian
Theophilos Tramboulis, Curator; Writer

Daniel Birnbaum, Director, Moderna Museet, Stockholm
John Bock, Artist
Bice Curiger, Curator, Kunsthaus Zurich
Dakis Joannou, President, DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art
Michael Ringier, Collector
Beatrix Ruf, Director and Curator, Kunsthalle Zurich


DESTE Prize 2013 – Making of


Michail Pirgelis – DESTE Prize 2013 Video Series


Alexandros Tzannis – DESTE Prize 2013 Video Series


Ilias Papailiakis – DESTE Prize 2013 Video Series


Marianna Christofides – DESTE Prize 2013 Video Series


Maria Theodoraki – DESTE Prize 2013 Video Series

  • Alexandros Tzanis