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Fractured Figure

Deste Foundation, Athens

Works from the Dakis Joannou Collection

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Works from the Dakis Joannou Collection

curated by Jeffrey Deitch

Participating Artists:
Pawel Althamer, David Altmejd, Janine Antoni, assume vivid astro focus, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Ashley Bickerton, John Bock, Maurizio Cattelan, Paul Chan, Dan Colen, George Condo, Nigel Cooke, Roberto Cuoghi, Folkert De Jong, Nathalie Djurberg, Anastasia Douka, Haris Epaminonda, Urs Fischer, Barnaby Furnas, Robert Gober, Matt Greene, Tim Hawkinson, Adam Helms, Elliott Hundley, Chris Johanson, Martin Kippenberger, Terence Koh , Jeff Koons, Nate Lowman, Mark Manders, Paul McCarthy, Matthew Monahan, Takeshi Murata, Wangechi Mutu, Tim Noble & Sue Webster, Cady Noland, Chris Ofili, Poka-Yio, Richard Prince,Georgia Sagri, Aurel Schmidt, Gregor Schneider, Tino Sehgal, Dana Schutz, Kiki Smith, Christiana Soulou, Francine Spiegel, Andro Wekua, Ralf Ziervogel

Fractured Figure - Works from the Dakis Joannou Collection is the new Deste Foundation project that reflects, with its concept, scope and synergies, both, the way an increasing number of artists are viewing the human form and the way that very different but equally legitimate realities comprise our experience of the world. The exhibition is curated by Jeffrey Deitch with Massimiliano Gioni as curatorial advisor. Exhibition design by Jeffrey Deitch, Massimiliano Gioni and Dakis Joannou. Nadja Argyropoulou is the project coordinator. A book conceived and designed by Urs Fischer - Cassandra MacLeod accompanies the exhibition. Two other publications are created as part of the exhibition’s project-like character: Christiana Soulou's numbered edition, titled Fractures and Roberto Cuoghi's flip book, titled DOADAKIS.

As, the exhibition's curator, Jeffrey Deitch notes, "if every period in art can be characterized by an approach to figuration that reflects the prevailing sense of the human condition, Fractured Figure represents a sense of cultural dysphoria, a state of dissatisfaction and anxiety, the opposite of euphoria. The new figural form is ruptured and deteriorating. It is fragile, just like real people... A search for truth, after years of being derided as an anachronistic and misguided pursuit in a world where there is no absolute truth, might actually be coming back to art. This truth is a different kind of truth, however. It is fragmented, complicated, and multi-sided, not absolute. … The Fractured Figure bears artistic witness to a fractured world and calls for a renewed embrace of humanity."

At the exhibition's opening on September 5, assume vivid astro focus will be doing a DJ set with VJing provided by avaf long time collaborator, Honeygun Labs (bec). Exhibition credits also include: Cecilia Alemani: editorial coordinator, Ali Subotnick: curatorial advisor, Marina Vranopoulou: assistant project coordinator, Eugenia Stamatopoulou: installation manager, Natasha Polymeropoulos: book and catalogue copy editor, Stavroula Tseva: administration.

Special thanks are due to Maurizio Cattelan for his advice and inspiration. Yorgos Tzirtzilakis, advisor to DESTE and Xenia Kalpaktsoglou, director of DESTE have contributed to the project's realization.

image: Andro Wekua

Deste Foundation
11, Filellinon & Em.Pappa street Nea Ionia - Athens
Opening hours: September 6, 2007 to September 30, 2007: Monday to Saturday, 12 - 20; October 2, 2007 to March 29, 2008 : Thursday to Saturday, 12 - 20

Pawel Althamer with
dal 19/6/2012 al 30/10/2012

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