Artist profile

Jannis Kounellis

Jannis Kounellis, born in Greece before settling in Rome in 1956.  Part of the Arte Povera movement he moved away from tradiotnal canvas and drawings to using found objects composed on ready-made supports; door frames, bedsteads, sheets of steel etc utilising all manner of materials. He has also made performance works, travelling all through Europe and in 1974 he participated in ADA in Berlin performing with artists such as Edward Kienholz and Wolf Vostell.

Kounellis has exhibited in numerous international exhibitions; Documenta, Venice Biennale, MOCA, Chicago, Tate Modern and his works are held by major museum throught the world.

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