Life and career 
Joannou is considered to be one of the leading collectors of European contemporary art in Greece (the earliest collections date back to the 1980s), including works such as the Jeff Koons sculpture One Ball Total Equilibrium Tank (1985).
Artists included in the collection 
The Dakis Joannou collection includes works by a variety of international and mainstream artists, including:
Jeff Koons, Elad Lassry, Mike Kelley, Maurizio Cattelan, Joseph Kosuth, Cady Noland, Vanessa Beecroft, Michael Bevilacqua, Ashley Bickerton, Cai Guo-Qiang, Matt Greene, Liza Lou, Miltos Manetas, Allan McCollum, Takashi Murakami, Shirin Neshat, Chris Ofili, Gabriel Orozco, William Powhida, Yinka Shonibare, Shahzia Sikander, Kara Walker, Nari Ward, and Christopher Wool.
Deste Foundation 
Joannou is the founder of Deste Foundation, center for contemporary arts, located in Athens, in the suburb of Nea Ionia. DESTE is a nonprofit foundation that organises exhibitions and supports publications that explore the relationship between contemporary art and contemporary culture. It aims to bring contemporary art to a wider audience, to enhance opportunities for young artists, and to establish a dialogue between generations through an exhibition program that promotes emerging as well as established artists.
Joannou was ranked 28 in ArtReview's guide to the 100 most powerful figures in contemporary art: Power 100, 2010.
See also 
- Official Site
- Christie's Article
- monument to now official site
- Photos (June 2008) of Dakis Joannou's Jeff Koons-designed yacht "Guilty"
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