Stahlplatte, Öl auf Leinwand, Tisch, 200 x 180 cm. Courtesy Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman, Innsbruck
Jannis Kounellis, born in Piraeus/Greece in 1936, has lived and worked in Rome, after studying there, since 1956. And ever since he exhibited live horses at the Galleria l'Attico in Rome, in 1969, and took part in Harald Szeemann's legendary group exhibition When attitudes become form at the Berne Kunsthalle of the same year, Kounellis has been one of the key figures in the international art scene of our day and age.
After his museum exhibition at MAK in Vienna, in 1999, and a show at the Kunstraum Innsbruck in 2003, we will be presenting his first big solo exhibition at an Austrian gallery.
Kounellis is going to install a large work - made up of numerous white sheets, arranged like washing hung out to dry, of steel girders and coal sacks - that was created, in 2007, for an exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein Vaduz. He will also hang steel panels with tables, like three-dimensional pictures, and present other sculptural wall objects.
Jannis Kounellis is one of the main protagonists of Arte Povera. In his works he deals with topics such as historical and cultural identity caught between past and present, and in his artistic career has kept reaching across the conventional borders of art. Leaving behind canvas and wood as image carriers, with him space itself turns into the actual projection surface. His exhibitions are stage productions, as it were, that reflect our existence between life and death, between power and destruction. The exhibition is developed by the artist in situ.
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