‘DREAM ON’ exhibition activates Public Tobacco Factory in Athens
For a second consecutive year, Greek organization NEON collaborates with the Hellenic Parliament to bring life to the emblematic building of the former Public Tobacco Factory in Athens and present ‘Dream On’, a contemporary art exhibition that celebrates art in the public space.
Curated by Dimitris Paleocrassas, the project brings together numerous large-scale pieces from the D.Daskalopoulos Collection, including John Bock’s sculptural tentacle installation sprawling out of a finely restored Lincoln convertible. Other works include Paul McCarthy’s Tomato-Head sculpture, Thomas Hirschhorn’s cave constructed of tape, cardboard, books, posters and cans, as well as Damien Hirst’s ‘Greetings from the Gutter’ made of colorful gas cylinders.
The artworks by both Greek and international creators will all be donated to four museums in three countries over two continents, namely the Greek National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST), Tate, and jointly to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.
Michael Landy (b. 1963, London, UK) Credit Card Destroying Machine, 2010 Mixed media 600 x 300 x 300 cm & John Bock (b. 1965, Gribbohm, Germany) Palms, 2007 Installation and video 59:14 minutes Edition of 1 and 2 AP (#1/1) © John Bock Courtesy the artist and Anton Kern Gallery, New York
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(head image © Natalia Tsoukala, courtesy of NEON)
This is the first time that a significant number of the large-scale works of the D.Daskalopoulos Collection will be on display in Greece, gathered in the publicly accessible area of the former Public Tobacco Factory. According to curator Dimitris Paleocrassas, ‘Dream On’ is permeated by a sense of plenitude brought about by the realization of a great dream: an artist’s ambitious yet elusive goal attained through the unbridled creativity of large-scale installations. Similarly, through the D.Daskalopoulos Collection Gift, the dream of its owner becomes a reality: a private collection transformed into a public good to be preserved for future generations of audience and artists. Dream On features 18 large-scale installations by artists John Bock, Helen Chadwick, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Martha Dimitropoulou, Peter Fischli & David Weiss, David Hammons, Thomas Hirschhorn, Damien Hirst, Michael Landy, Maria Loizidou, Paul McCarthy, Annette Messager, Maro Michalakakos, Wangechi Mutu, Paul Pfeiffer, Alexandros Psychoulis, Matthew Ritchie and Anna-Maria Samara. In addition, Kostas Ioannidis, a new commission by NEON, creates a large-scale audio work delivered in whistling language.
John Bock (b. 1965, Gribbohm, Germany) Palms, 2007 Installation and video 59:14 minutes Edition of 1 and 2 AP (#1/1) © John Bock Courtesy the artist and Anton Kern Gallery, New York
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name: Dream On
myrto katsikopoulou I designboom
jul 12, 2022