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Event: Athens 2004, Culture - Monument to Now

Maurizio Cattelan, Untitled, 2001 Dimensions variable

The Olympic Games of 2004 in Athens is one of the most important mediatic events of this year. Besides this big sports event and part of the official cultural programme of the Olympic Games Athens 2004, Culture, the Deste Foundation in Athens is showing for the second time the collection of Dakis Joannou Monument to Now (the first exhibition took place in 1996, Everything that's interesting is New). Dakis Joannou, a Greek collectionist, who owns works of the most famous international artists from the 80īs until today.
For this event, the curators Nancy Spector, Alison Ginger and Massimiliano Gione have selected 85 pieces, which have as common theme the dialogue and interaction of different art expressions, such as photography, video, music, design, painting or installations with objects depicting activities of the everyday life, like Jeff Koons' sculptures, small simple figures like the Ballon Dog or the Donkey. The installations of Maurizio Cattelan reproduce reality in a distortioned, funny and ironic way: two policemen placed contrariwise Frank and Jamie, 2002, or a man spying from a hole of the museum floorUntitled, 2001. Urs Fischer reflects on human relationships, gives life to his characters made of materials like wax, wood or silicone. He creates theatrical scenes, also seen in the video Pick a moment you don't Pick. The fascination of the audiovisual mechanisms is clearly represented in the works of Tim Noble and Sue Webster Girl Friend from Hell & Puny Undernourisched Kid, 2003 and there is also the reproduction of the human habits in a house of primates showed in Masters of the Universe, 1998-2000. The works have reminiscents of Pop Art, Kitsch and the human condition of the artist; they talk to us about a dialectic between sentiments, expressions, theories and forms. Only such an important historical event as the Olympic Games can give us this beautiful combination between culture, art and sports.

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