Jannis Kounellis

Untitled (1993)

About this artwork

In the late 1960s Kounellis experimented with arrangements of wool and burning fuel on simple bed-frames. These three-dimensional pieces represented his use of everyday objects to create artworks, imbued with a direct and immediate power. In this more recent work, Kounellis utilises a similar steel bed-frame. Suspended precariously from a gallery wall, the metal framework contrasts with the painted backdrop. The volume and weight of the object is countered by the flatness of the surface. Kounellis seems to visualise his own artistic progression from two-dimensional painting to the employment of unconventional sculptural forms by referencing techniques that have become central to his career.

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  • title: Untitled
  • accession number: AR00072
  • artist: Jannis KounellisGreek (born 1936)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Sculpture
  • date created: 1993
  • measurements: displayed: 267.00 x 230.00 x 10.00 cm
  • credit line: ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
  • copyright: © Jannis Kounellis
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Jannis Kounellis

Jannis Kounellis

Kounellis considers himself to be “a Greek person but an Italian artist”. Born in Greece, he moved to Italy in 1956 and studied at the ‘Academia di Belle Arti’ in Rome. Following a two year hiatus from painting, in 1967 he surfaced as an influential contributor to the newly emerging ‘Arte Povera’ movement. From this point his art developed as a mixture of painting, sculpture, collage and installation. It is characterised by the unusual combination of physically and culturally opposing materials. This includes soil, stones, sacks, fire, live animals, bed frames and doorways. Through his ambitious works Kounellis challenges the traditional notions of both painting and the gallery space.