"I was designated as an 'artist' because no-one knew how to define a heap of coal. But I'm a painter, and I lay claim to my initiation in painting because painting is the construction of images, it doesn't indicate a manner, even less a technique... Jackson Pollock was a painter who reinvented the American space with morality. Mexican murals are paintings, Duchamp himself was a painter. Liberalism has given painting freedom as far as the imagination can go, and has re-endowed the artist with a fully intellectual role' (Jannnis Kounellis cited in: Exh. Cat., Vence, Château de Villeneuve / Fondation Emile Hugues, L'Élémentaire, le vital, l'énergie: Arte Povera in Castello, 2004, p. 57).