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 Kounellis, Jannis (1936 - )
Greece / Italy

Untitled, 1981-82

Enamel on steel, wood and shoe;
100.2 x 69.8 x 16.5 cm
Arte Povera

UID 102-323



Biography

Greek-Italian painter, sculptor and performance artist, Kounellis studied at an art college in Athens until 1956, the date of his departure for Italy. He settled in Rome and studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti, where he was particularly influenced by the non-figurative painter Alberto Burri. His work is characterised by the constant concern, on one hand, with symbols of the urban mass and industrial civilisation and, on the other, with fundamental individual values. All this was clear at the shows into which he turned his exhibitions; Kounellis would "sing" the numbers and letters painted on the canvases. In 1967, he became involved with Arte Povera and his works basically consisted of the superimposing of objects, materials and actions culturally and physically opposed to each other. In 1972 and 1982, he took part in "documenta" 5 and 7, respectively, in Kassel. He has participated in numerous exhibitions, with highlights being those held at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (1990) and at the Kunsthalle Hamburg (1995).



Exhibitions

Arte Povera in The Berardo Collection
Centro das Artes Casa das Mudas, Calheta, Madeira, Portugal
15-10-2005 ~ 31-12-2005

Territórios Singulares na Colecção Berardo
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
22-10-2002 ~ 28-02-2003

Berardo Museum Opening
Museu Colecção Berardo, Portugal
25-06-2007 ~ 09-09-2007

Arriscar o Real
Museu Colecção Berardo, Portugal
08-06-2009 ~ 30-09-2009


Bibliography

Arte Povera in The Berardo Collection , 2005
Published by Centro das Artes - Casa das Mudas

Territórios Singulares na Colecção Berardo, 2002
Published by Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo
ISBN 972974288X

The Berardo Collection – Sintra Museum of Modern Art, 1996
Published by Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo
ISBN 9729739105

The First Bank Art Collection, 1985







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