New Members Elected to Board of Trustees of Guggenheim Foundation
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Theodor Dalenson and Dimitris Daskalopoulos have been elected trustees of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, following the September 23 meeting of the board. Regarding the elections, William L. Mack, Chairman of the Board of the Guggenheim Foundation said: “The Guggenheim Foundation has involvement in four global museums—and soon in a fifth, in Abu Dhabi. Therefore, it is particularly gratifying to welcome Theodor Dalenson and Dimitris Daskalopoulos to the board. Their deep experience both of operating in complex business environments and of supporting a range of art institutions will be invaluable. They are both passionate collectors and patrons of the arts.”
Dalenson, of Stockholm, is currently on the boards of the American Friends of Moderna Museet in Stockholm, the Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF), and the Aspen Art Museum. After studying at Stockholm University School of Law, Dalenson worked in strategic planning and business development for numerous international companies and investment firms. In 1996, he founded AB Novestra, an independent venture-capital company that went public in 2000. In 2005 he launched Nove Capital Management, a fund company that actively participates in the management of public companies.
Dalenson and his wife have been art collectors for almost 20 years, and have purchased works by Donald Judd, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Joel Shapiro, and Andy Warhol. During the last decade, they have acquired works by artists such as Antony Gormley, Jeff Koons, Marilyn Minter, and Takashi Murakami, in addition to those of numerous younger artists.
After studying at the Athens School of Management and Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, where he received an MBA in 1981, Daskalopoulos oversaw the food company Vivartia as it grew to be the largest of its kind in Greece before he sold it in 2007. During the course of his career, he has served as Chairman of the SEV Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (2006–), President of the Federation of Greek Food Industries (1999–2006), and a member of the Chief Executives Organization and the European Round Table of Industrialists (1998–2007).
Daskalopoulos, who lives in Athens with his wife and three daughters, has already demonstrated a strong commitment to the Guggenheim as an executive committee member of the International Director’s Council for ten years. In addition, he has generously enriched the foundation’s collection, most notably by establishing a fund to enable the curators to acquire work by emerging artists and by facilitating the acquisition of Matthew Barney’s Chrysler Imperial (2002), a centerpiece of the critically acclaimed exhibition All in the Present Must Be Transformed: Matthew Barney and Joseph Beuys at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection during the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007. He is a committed collector of contemporary art, and owns work by Matthew Barney, Paul Chan, Robert Gober, Mona Hatoum, Mike Kelley, Bruce Nauman, Dieter Roth, and Kiki Smith, among others.