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 traditional 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.

Biography

1936
Born in Piraeus, Greece
Late 1950s
Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome, Italy
1956–present
Lives and works in Rome, Italy
2017
Died in Rome, Italy

Selected exhibitions

2012
Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens
2011
National Centre for Contemporary Art, Moscow
2008
Neue National Galerie, Berlin
2002
Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome
1985
Musee d'Art Contemporain, Bordeaux
1980s
Travel solo show at Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Amsterdam; Caja de Pensiones, Madrid; the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London and the Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden
1972
Sonnabend Gallery, New York