Theodor Dalenson and Dimitris Daskalopoulos Elected to Guggenheim Board


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(NEW YORK, NY – October 5, 2009)—Theodor Dalenson and Dimitris Daskalopoulos have been elected trustees of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, announced by William L. Mack, Chairman of the Board of the Guggenheim Foundation, following the September 23 meeting of the board. Regarding the elections, Mr. Mack 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.”

Theodor Dalenson

After studying at Stockholm University School of Law, Mr. 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 and was subsequently listed on Nasdaq OMX in 2000. In 2005 he launched Nove Capital Management, a fund company that actively participates in the management of public companies. The fund has independently or together with other organizations invested in and sold many Scandinavian public companies.

Mr. Dalenson has served on a number of boards of both public and private companies. He is Chairman of AB Novestra and WeSC AB, both listed on Nasdaq OMX, and Director of MyPublisher Inc. and Diino AB. He has also been a member of the boards of the following companies listed on Nasdaq OMX: ConNova AB (Director), Carl Lamm AB (Chairman), Pergo AB (Director), and Scribona AB (Chairman).

In addition to his extensive work with Scandinavian businesses, Mr. Dalenson has supported and served on the boards of many American and European non-profit organizations, primarily related to the arts and the environment. These organizations include Alta Museum in Norway, Americans for the Arts, and the North Atlantic Salmon Fund (NASF). He is currently on the boards of the American Friends of Moderna Museet in Stockholm, the Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF), and the Aspen Art Museum. He has also contributed generously to several charities, including Barncancerfonden, a children’s cancer fund, and Tobias Stiftelsen, a foundation that aids with bone-marrow transplants, both based in Stockholm.

Mr. Dalenson lives in Stockholm with his wife Isabella and three children Philip, Caroline, and William. They spend a significant amount of time in Aspen and New York and have been art collectors for almost 20 years. Their collection includes works by early contemporary masters such as Kenneth Noland, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Ed Ruscha, Frank Stella, and Andy Warhol, and Minimalists such as Donald Judd, Robert Mangold, and Joel Shapiro. 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.

Dimitris Daskalopoulos

After studying at the Athens School of Management and Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, where he received an MBA in 1981, Daskalopoulos built both an international business career and a world-renowned art collection. He oversaw the food company Vivartia as it grew to be the largest of its kind in Greece before he sold it in 2007. He has become a valued industry leader 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).

Mr. Daskalopoulos 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. A committed collector of contemporary art, he owns a large collection, which he loans to institutions around the world. It includes work by Matthew Barney, Paul Chan, Robert Gober, Mona Hatoum, Mike Kelley, Bruce Nauman, Dieter Roth, and Kiki Smith, among others. He has also been a strong financial supporter of the arts for many years at institutions, such as the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, the New Museum in New York, and the Tate. He is also a member of the President’s Council on International Activities at Yale University.

Mr. Daskalopoulos and his wife Mikaela live in Athens with their three daughters who, like their father, have completed part of their education in the United States (at Brown, Columbia, and Yale universities).


October 5, 2009
Betsy Ennis, Director, Media and Public Relations
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Telephone: 212 423 3842

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