Jannis Kounellis, ‘Untitled, fiori’, 1996, Pandolfini
Jannis Kounellis, ‘Untitled, fiori’, 1996, Pandolfini

This work was purchased by Sergentini in 1966. It is a multiple from a series made in 1966. The exact number of multiples in this series is not documented.
The authenticity of this work and its cataloguing as a multiple has been confirmed by Michelle Helene Coudray, wife and manager of the Jannis Kounellis Archive.

Signature: Galleria Topazia Alliata stamp on the back

About Jannis Kounellis

Associated with Arte Povera since the 1960s, Jannis Kounellis investigates the alienation inherent in contemporary society, juxtaposing the materials of mass urban and industrial civilization with symbols and values of the pre-industrial world. Incorporating humble non-art materials such as cotton, wool, coal, grain sacks, glass bottles, meat hooks, fire, soot, smoke, bed-frames, doors, shelves, and clothing, Kounellis' work is a melodramatic mixture of installation, environment, performance, and theatrical show. In a 1971 painting that explores the relationship between history and contemporary experience, Kounellis reproduced a score from Bach’s oratorio St. John Passion, intending that a cellist must play the music alongside the painting in order to fully “activate” the image. In later work, Kounellis presents objects rather than making them; for a 2011 exhibition in Beijing, Kounellis arranged 4,600 shot glasses filled with erguotou, a Chinese grain alcohol.

Greek, 1936-2017, Piraeus, Greece, based in Rome, Italy

Group Shows

Biennale di Venezia, 
Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy,
56° Biennale d'Arte di Venezia - Padiglione Italia
Museo d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Ex Aurum, 
Pescara, Italy,
Cromofobie - Percorsi del Bianco e del Nero nell'Arte Italiana Contemporanea
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