The moodboard draws inspiration from antithesis; anti-forms and anti-materials. A diverse range of everyday materials used by Arte Povera artists – sometimes industrial, sometimes organic – rather than those associated with fine art. These substances were often malleable, volatile or elastic, allowing natural forces and energies such as gravity, electricity, and magnetism to manifest themselves.
Jannis Kounellis. Untitled, 2013. Steel and coats.
Jannis Kounellis (1936 – 2017) was born in Piraeus, Greece. In 1956, he moved to Rome and by 1960 was an active member of the Arte Povera movement. He has long combined art and history with the immediacy and tangibility of the present.
Kounellis was known for his use of lowly, often earthy materials in his work -coal, jute bags, steel, piles of stones- which tied him to the Arte Povera artists who used similarly ‘poor’ media. The artist took part in the Venice Biennale for the first time in 1972 and became a regular contributor to the international exhibition. His work has become integral to numerous renowned, international museums’ collections.
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