In 1983, Dakis Joannou, along with curators Adelina Von Furstenberg and Efi Strousa, founded the DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art. DESTE has staged exhibitions that include Cultural Geometry (1988), Psychological Abstraction (1989), Artificial Nature (1990),Post Human (1992-1993); four shows artist Andreas Angelidakis describes as four he did not see but can never forget. There were others that Angelidakis (and many others) did see:Everything That’s Interesting Is New (1996), Anathena (2006/7), Part-Time Punks (2007) and Fractured Figure (2007/8).
The exhibition is a historical exploration of Joannou’s collection and all the exhibitions that have been staged by the DESTE Foundation, including works by Elad Lassry, Andro Wekua, and Peter Halley. It is an exhibition-as-abstract portrait of Joannou as DESTE’s founder and patron, and what Joannou sees as one of the most exciting things DESTE has ever done: "A reflection of thirty years of ideas, work, collecting, thinking and playing," he says. "What we are looking at is our original idea! It’s about art and culture, and this integration of culture with art."