MUSEUM OF CYCLADIC ART, ATHENS 27.5.2015-30.9.2015

Opening: May 27, 2015
Exhibition Duration: May 28 – September 30, 2015

The DESTE Prize was established in 1999 as part of the DESTE Foundation’s policy of supporting and promoting contemporary art in Greece. Awarded biannually to a young Greek or Cypriot artist, the Prize aims to identify and showcase the work of an emerging generation of contemporary artists who are actively redefining the parameters of cultural production and contributing to new issues in the artistic discourse. Through the Prize, the Foundation hopes to endorse the spirit of exploration, ingenuity, and ambition, which is essential to DESTE’s mission as well as to the vitality of contemporary art.

The 6 shortlisted artists for the DESTE Prize 2015 – Petros Moris, Yiannis Papadopoulos, Angelo Plessas, Natali Yiaxi, Maria Hassabi, and Socratis Socratous – will present their work during an exhibition that will take place at the Museum of Cycladic Art between May 28 and September 30, 2015. This collaboration between the DESTE and the Museum of Cycladic Art falls withing the scope of the latter’s “Young Views” program, which aims to develop artistic discussion with younger generations, inform the general public about contemporary art, and establish the necessary environment for the fruitful exchange of ideas.

The winner of the prize will be selected by an international Jury and announced during an award ceremony to be held on September 7, 2015. The winner receives the amount of €10,000.


The 2015 DESTE Prize was awarded to Angelo Plessas.

Andreas Angelidakis, Artist; Architect; Curator
Evangelia Ledaki, Curator; Art Critic
Dimitris Passas, Collector
Kostas Sahpazis, Artist; Recipient of the DESTE Prize 2013
Daphne Vitali, Art Historian; Curator, EMST, Athens
Andre Zivanari, Director, Point Centre for Contemporary Art, Nicosia

Bernard Blistène, Director, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
Max Hollein, Director, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt
Dakis Joannou, President, DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art
Tom Morton, Writer; Curator; Contributing Editor, Frieze magazine
Jakub Julian Ziolkowski, Artist

  • Maria Hassabi
  • Petros Moris
  • Yiannis Papadopoulos
  • Socratis Socratous
  • Natali Yiaxi