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 Jannis Kounellis  (1936 - )

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Lived/Active: Greece/Italy      Known for: found object assemblage, installations, arte povera

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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 hor (showing 500 of 5744 characters).

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