A Guest + A Host = A Ghost – Works from the Dakis Ioannou Collection

urs fischer
05/10/2009 - 00:38
12/20/2009 - 00:38
urs fischer

A comprehensive presentation of some of the artists that Dakis Ioannou has been collecting in depth over the past few years, A Guest + A Host = A Ghost showcases ambitious works, signature pieces and new productions by, among others: Pawel Althamer, Paul Chan, Urs Fischer, Katharina Fritsch, Jeff Koons, Paul McCarthy, Kiki Smith, Seth Price, Kara Walker, Franz West and Andro Wekua. The exhibition will be on display from the beginning of May to the end of December at the Deste Foundation in Athens.

A Guest + A Host = A Ghost marks a new display of the Dakis Ioannou collection. In what has become a summer tradition, Ioannou - with the collaboration of artists, curators and friends - presents his collection in a new configuration. Borrowing its title from one of Marcel Duchamp's aphorism, A Guest + A Host = A Ghost is constructed as a series of solo exhibitions, many of which have been conceived and installed by the participating artists themselves.

In a series of symbiotic encounters and parasitic relationships, the solo presentations are often interrupted by incongruous presences or perturbed by unusual juxtapositions: drawings by Kara Walker surround a tomb by Urs Fischer; Maurizio Cattelan's homeless man kneels down in front of Kiki Smith's Bat Woman; Robert Gober's haunted rooms incorporate Gregor Schneider's architectural fragments; Seth Price's vacuum figures face off a self portrait by Martin Kippenberger. Each artwork turns into the ghostly reflection of its neighbour, making it impossible to distinguish hosts from guests, friendly creatures from menacing shadows.

Start date: 
10 May 2009

Deste Foundation Centre for Contemporary Art
11 Filellinon & Em. Pappa streets, Nea Ionia, Athens
Nearest Train Station: N.Ionia (Line 1)
Tel: +302102758490
Opening Hours: Thu 12:00-20:00, Sat 12:00-17:00


Admission Free