DESTE, ATHENS 28.5.2003-1.11.2003

The DESTE Prize for contemporary Greek art was launched in 1999 with the aim of supporting and promoting developments in contemporary Greek art. The Prize, which is awarded biennially to a Greek artist whose work has made a significant contribution to artistic discourse in Greece, intends to encourage and reinforce the spirit of innovation in contemporary art.

In selecting the six finalists, the Selection Committee deemed the following areas to be of particular interest: the relation of socio-cultural identity to global issues and current international realities, the examination of contemporary local reality and specificity, and the question of personal identity and private narratives. The six short-listed artists for the DESTE Prize 2003 – Nikos Alexiou, Apostolos Georgiou, Dimitris Kozaris, Nikos Navridis, Maria Papadimitriou, and Nikos Tranos – present their recent work at an exhibition to be held at the DESTE Foundation’s Center for Contemporary Art.

An international jury of five will select the winner of this year’s DESTE Prize 2003. The DESTE Prize winner receives €10.000 and is awarded to the artist whose work attempts to open up new ways for art and contributes to the discourse and development of contemporary art in Greece according to the jury’s criteria.


The 2003 DESTE Prize was awarded to Maria Papadimitriou.

Marina Fokidis, Independent Curator; Art Critic
Katerina Koskinas, Curator, The J.F. Kostopoulos Foundation
Constantine Papageorgiou, Collector
Rena Papaspyrou, Painter; Professor, Athens School of Fine Arts
Yorgos Tzirtzilakis, Architect

Tuula Arkio, Director, Finnish National Galleries, Helsinki
Maurizio Cattelan, Artist
Massimiliano Gioni, Curator; Artistic Director, The Nicola Trussardi Foundation, Milan
Dakis Joannou, President, DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art
Lars Nittve, Director, Modern Museet, Stockholm

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  • Nikos Alexiou
  • Dimitris Kozaris
  • Nikos Tranos