Dakis Joannou is a Greek Cypriot industrialist based in Greece. He is considered to be one of the leading collectors of European contemporary art (the earliest work in his collection is from 1985).
The Dakis Joanou collection includes works by a variety of international and mainstream artists, including: Jeff Koons, Vanessa Beecroft, Michael Bevilacqua, Ashley Bickerton, Cai Guo-Qiang, Maurizio Cattelan, Verne Dawson, Matt Greene, Mike Kelley, Joseph Kosuth, Liza Lou, Takashi Murakami, Ningura Napurrula, Shirin Neshat, Cady Noland, Chris Ofili, Gabriel Orozco, Yinka Shonibare, Shahzia Sikander, Kara Walker, Nari Ward, and Christopher Wool.
Joannou's collection has been featured in many leading museums, perhaps most notably the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, France and in the world-famous auction house Christie's.
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