Jannis Kounellis is active/lives in Greece, Italy. Jannis Kounellis is known for found object assemblage, installations, arte povera.
Biography Jannis Kounellis
Jannis Kounellis was born on March 23, 1936 in Piraeus, Greece. He studied in art college in Athens until 1956 and at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome. In 1963, the artist introduced found objects* in his paintings, among them live animals but also fire, earth, burlap sacks, gold. He replaced the canvas with bed frames, doorways, windows or simply the gallery itself.
In 1967, Kounellis joined the Arte Povera* movement of Germano Celant. In 1969, he exhibited real horses in the galleria l'Attico. Gradually, Kounellis introduced new materials in his installations (propane torches, smoke, coal, meat, ground coffee, lead, found wooden objects, etc.). The gallery environment was replaced with historical (mostly
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