Gavin Brown's enterprise
Untitled, 2009
Iron, coats
78.84 x 70.87 x 3.94 in.


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Jannis Kounellis (1936–2017) was born in Piraeus, Greece. The backdrops to his childhood were World War II and ten years of civil war in Greece. In 1956, he moved to Rome, where he spent the rest of his life. By 1960, he was an active member of the Arte Povera movement.

Kounellis's work has appeared in key, historical exhibitions such as the first Arte Povera exhibition, Arte Povera, Galleria La Bertesca, Genova (1967); When Attitudes Become Form, Kunsthalle di Berna (1969); Documenta 5 in Kassel, Germany (1972). His work has been featured in solo exhibitions at several major institutions, including: Kunstmuseum in Bern (1977); Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam (1977); Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1980); Whitechapel Art Gallery in London (1981); Musée d'Art Contemporain, Bordeaux, France (1985); The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 1986; Musée d'Art Contemporain, Montreal, Canada (1987); Castello di Rivoli, Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli, Turin, Italy (1988) Jannis Kounellis: Via del Mare, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands (1990); The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid (1996); Kounellis: Die Front, das Denken, der Sturm, Museum Ludwig in der Halle Kalk, Cologne, Germany (1997); Neue National Gallery in Berlin (2007); Monnaie de Paris (2016)

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