THE SYSTEM OF OBJECTS

DESTE FOUNDATION, NEA IONIA, ATHENS 15.5-30.11/2013

Inspired by Jean Baudrillard’s seminal 1968 book The System of Objects, architect and writer Andreas Angelidakis takes a look at the various collections Dakis Joannou has put together over the years, and enters the headquarters of the DESTE Foundation in Athens with the purpose of “reloading” them.

The DESTE building takes precedence in the show while being seen from a new perspective: The System of Objects looks at Joannou’s collections and the vessel within which they are held as a chaotic and misleading path challenging the audience’s perception of art at the same time that information is offered to them. Over the last decades white walls and white cubes have become the standard typology for art spaces: this exhibition is an investigation of alternative spatial experiences to be had within those white walls, behind them, or in spite of them; an attempt to reconfigure the Foundation as an exhibition device informed by the spirit of the collections it holds; a spatial experience attuned to the works in the Collection itself.

Dark, provocative, sexual, and uplifting, the spirit of the works guides the visitor through a complex journey across the spaces of DESTE.  Unsure, and perhaps even weary about what the next space will hold, the audience moves through dark and narrow corridors before arriving at sunlit empty spaces, moving through parts of the building that have not been seen before, with each transition initiating a shift in emotions.

 

Andreas Angelidakis on elculture.gr

ARTISTS:
  • STUDIO 65
  • rita ackermann
  • pawel althamer
  • kai althoff
  • DAVID ALTMEJD
  • francis ALŸS
  • JANINE ANTONI
  • american apparel
  • archizoom
  • jon armleder
  • dan attoe
  • TAUBA AUERBACH
  • gae aulenti
  • nikos baikas
  • jean baudrillard
  • VANESSA BEECROFT
  • andrea bellossi
  • ASHLEY BICKERTON
  • JOHN BOCK
  • cini boeri
  • martha boto
  • louise bourgeois
  • todd bourret
  • piero brombin
  • Kerstin Brätsch
  • Fernando & Humberto Campana
  • TRIPLE CANDIE
  • PAUL MC CARTHY
  • cesare casati
  • MAURIZIO CATTELAN
  • patrizia cavalli
  • giorgio ceretti
  • PAUL CHAN
  • DIANE DE CLERCQ
  • DAN COLEN
  • GEORGE CONDO
  • NIGEL COOKE
  • André COURRÈGES
  • ROBERTO CUOGHI
  • DONATO D'URBINO
  • VERNE DAWSON
  • BRIAN DEGRAW
  • PIETRO DEROSSI
  • CHRISTINA DIMITRIADES
  • NATHALIE DJURBERG
  • JOHN DOGG
  • GINO DE DOMINICIS
  • WALLACE & DONAHUE
  • CHERYL DONEGAN
  • JIM DRAIN
  • GUIDO DROCCO
  • ACHILLEAS DROUNGAS
  • MARCEL DUCHAMP
  • SAM DURANT
  • LOUIS DUROT
  • MARCEL DZAMA
  • DORA ECONOMOU
  • EIRENE EFSTATHIOU
  • OLAFUR ELIASSON
  • ANDREAS EMBIRICOS
  • HARIS EPAMINONDA
  • SIMON EVANS
  • DOROTHY FAISON
  • Urs Fischer
  • BARNABY FURNAS
  • KATHRYN GARCIA
  • CHRISTOPHER GARRETT
  • APOSTOLOS GEORGIOU
  • PETER GHYCZY
  • ROBERT GOBER
  • MATT GREENE
  • LIBIDARCH GROUP
  • ALESSANDRO GUERRIERO
  • PETER HALLEY
  • MARK HELD
  • ADAM HELMS
  • KIM HIORTHOY
  • CHRISTIAN HOLSTAD
  • JENNY HOLZER
  • DAS INSTITUT
  • CAMERON JAMIE
  • CHRIS JOHANSON
  • KIM JONES
  • FOLKERT DE JONG
  • DOROTA JURCZAK
  • TILEMAHOS KANTHOS
  • CHARLES KARUBIAN
  • KAWS
  • MIKE KELLEY
  • JON KESSLER
  • STYLIANOS KONTOMARIS
  • JEFF KOONS
  • SOPHIA KOSMAOGLOU
  • PANOS KOUTROUBOUSSIS
  • FRIEDRICH KUNATH
  • SEAN LANDERS
  • HELMUT LANG
  • GEORGE LAPPAS
  • ELAD LASSRY
  • ROBERT LAZZARINI
  • MATT LEINES
  • ANNETTE LEMIEUX
  • CESARE LEONARDI
  • JOSE LERMA
  • LINDER
  • MARIA LOIZIDOU
  • TIM LOKIEC
  • PAOLO LOMAZZI
  • NICK LOWE
  • NATE LOWMAN
  • ASHLEY MACOMBER
  • MARK MANDERS
  • MILTOS MANETAS
  • ANGELO MANGIAROTTI
  • MARGHERITA MANZELLI
  • ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE
  • MARTIN MARGIELA
  • GINO MAROTTA
  • GIANCARLO MATTIOLI
  • INGO MAUER
  • ALAN MCCOLLUM
  • ALEXANDER MCQUEEN
  • FRANCO MELLO
  • ALESSANDRO MENDINI
  • MATTHEW MONAHAN
  • MARIKO MORI
  • CRAIG MORRISON
  • TAKESHI MURATA
  • JOANNA MYRKA
  • PETER NADIN
  • PETER NAGY
  • HELMUT NEWTON
  • JEAN NOUVEL
  • SHAY NOWICK
  • CHRIS OFILI
  • Kostas Paniaras
  • PANTELIS PANTELOPOULOS
  • VERNER PANTON
  • EDUARDO PAOLOZZI
  • ANGELOS PAPADIMITRIOU
  • MARIA PAPADIMITRIOU
  • JONATHAN DE PAS
  • LETA PEER
  • PHILIPPE PERROT
  • GRAYSON PERRY
  • GAETANO PESCE
  • ALESSANDRO PESSOLI
  • ARA PETERSON
  • LUCIO DEL PEZZO
  • FRANCIS PICABIA
  • UGO LA PIETRA
  • POKA-YIO
  • EMANUELE PONZIO
  • SETH PRICE
  • DIMITRIS PROTOPAPAS
  • JONATHAN PYLYPCHUK
  • GUISEPPE RAIMONDI
  • BERNARD RANCILLAC
  • KARIM RASHID
  • CHARLES RAY
  • HERB RITTS
  • DAVID ROBBINS
  • VIKTOR & ROLF
  • ALBERTO ROSSELLI
  • RENZO ROSSO
  • GIANNI RUFFI
  • ALLEN RUPPERSBERG
  • ADELE RÖDER
  • TOM SACHS
  • GEORGIA SAGRI
  • DAVID SALLE
  • AUREL SCHMIDT
  • GREGOR SCHNEIDER
  • JIM SHAW
  • RAQIB SHAW
  • CINDY SHERMAN
  • DASHA SHISHKIN
  • DAVID SHRIGLEY
  • GIANNIS SKOURLETIS
  • JOSH SMITH
  • KIKI SMITH
  • DASH SNOW
  • FRANCISCO SOBRINO
  • NEDKO SOLAKOV
  • HARIS SOLOMOU
  • ARISTOTLE SOLOUNIAS
  • ETTORE SOTTSASS
  • CHRISTIANA SOULOU
  • GEORGE SOWDEN
  • FRANCA STAGI
  • MARK STAHL
  • HAIM STEINBACH
  • RICHARD STRAUSS
  • SUPERSTUDIO
  • JUERGEN TELLER
  • STUDIO TETRARCH
  • WOLFGANG TILLMANS
  • TOILETPAPER
  • THANASSIS TOTSIKAS
  • ANTONIS TSAKIRIS
  • ATHINA RACHEL TSANGARI
  • ANDREAS VAIS
  • MEYER VAISMAN
  • NANOS VALAORITIS
  • GREGORIO VARDANEGA
  • COSTAS VAROTSOS
  • INO VARVARITOU
  • ALEKSANDRA WALISZEWSKA
  • KELLEY WALKER
  • GILLIAN WEARING
  • ROLF WEBER
  • TIM NOBLE & SUE WEBSTER
  • ANDRO WEKUA
  • RALF ZIERVOGEL
  • Jakub Julian Ziolkowski
  • M/M (Paris)
CURATED BY: Andreas Angelidakis, Maria Cristina Didero