From June 26 this exhibition marks the second collaboration between the DESTE Foundation and the Benaki Museum. Through a series of solo and group contemporary art exhibitions hosted at the Benaki Museum, this collaboration between the two institutions aims to promote new and radical developments in contemporary art practice, introduce upcoming artists and important artwork to a wider public, and help inspire novel curatorial approaches.
The destefashioncollection is an incremental, evolving project conceived by the DESTE Foundation to consider and trouble the boundary between art and fashion. Each year since 2007 the destefashioncollection has commissioned an artist to survey that season's International fashion offerings and to select five related works. These pieces form the artist's own capsule collection.
The artists who have participated so far in the destefashioncollection project are:
Michael Amzalag & Mathias Augustyniak (M/M Paris)- 2007,
Juergen Teller - 2008,
Helmut Lang - 2009,
Patrizia Cavalli - 2010,
Charles Ray - 2011,
Athina Rachel Tsangari - 2012,
Diller Scofidio +Renfro - 2013,
Maria Papadimitriou – 2014.
The exhibition DESTEFASHIONCOLLECTION: 1 to 8 assembles the first eight years of capsules and projects. It seeks to compare the artists' fashion selections and their interpretations, and to expose the ligatures, relays and exchanges within the components of the collection, which also include artists' books and publications produced especially for each capsule.
Neither solely about fashion or art, the exhibition builds on the tensions, affinities, and distance between the two and the problem of contemporariness revealed in their relationship.
This project will be anchored to the DESTE website, as a temporarymicrosite (www.destefashioncollection1to8.gr/), and will also be present in the exhibition galleries.
Exhibition curating and design: Nadja Argyropoulou, Adam M. Bandler, Mark Wasiuta.