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‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum Ocula Report ‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum 19 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

An Opera for Animals was first staged at Para Site in Hong Kong between 23 March and 2 June 2019, with works by over 48 artists and collectives that use opera as a metaphor for modes of contemporary, cross-disciplinary art-making. The exhibition's second iteration takes up a large portion of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai (22 June–25...

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Mandy El-Sayegh: Productive Ambiguity Ocula Conversation Mandy El-Sayegh: Productive Ambiguity

Moving across installation, painting, drawing, and writing, Malaysia-born and London-based artist Mandy El-Sayegh explores the political, social, and economic complexities of humanity, using a mosaic of information—from advertising slogans and pornographic imagery to newspaper articles—that she subjects to processes of layering,...

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Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House Ocula Report Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House 5 Jul 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Get Up Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House in London (12 June–15 September 2019) surveys more than half a century of black creativity in Britain and beyond across the fields of art, film, photography, music, design, fashion, and literature.Curated by Zak Ové, works by approximately 100 intergenerational black...

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Jannis Kounellis

(1936 - 2017), Greece

Born in Piraeus, Greece, Kounellis moved to Rome in 1956. He studied at the Art College in Athens and then in Rome, where he studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti. There he was particularly influenced by the non-figurative painting of Alberto Burri, Luciano Fontana, Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline.

During the late 1960’s Kounellis began to use live animals in his art (one of his best-known works included 11 horses installed in a gallery). In 1967, Kounellis joined the Italian ‘Arte Povera’ movement, which involved using found objects and spaces. Gradually Kounellis moved to preferring historical (mostly industrial) sites to gallery environments for his exhibitions.

Kounellis's work has developed as a spectacular mixture of painting, collages and the staging of installations, ‘environments', performances and theatrical shows, designed to express the tensions and alienation of contemporary society, and the multiplicity, obscurity and fragmentation of its language. As a major conceptual artists of our time, Kounellis’ work is to be found in the permanent collections of numerous major international art museums. 

Featured Artworks

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Untitled by Jannis Kounellis contemporary artwork
Jannis KounellisUntitled, 2013 tar, steel plate and candle on iron plate
105 x 75 x 19 cm
Wooson Gallery
Untitled by Jannis Kounellis contemporary artwork
Jannis KounellisUntitled, 2008 Coat, lead and steel
100 x 70 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris
Sans titre (I Cappotti) 10 by Jannis Kounellis contemporary artwork
Jannis KounellisSans titre (I Cappotti) 10, 2014 Gravure
220 x 120 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris
Sans titre (I Cappotti) 8 by Jannis Kounellis contemporary artwork
Jannis KounellisSans titre (I Cappotti) 8, 2014 Gravure
120 x 220 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris
Sans titre by Jannis Kounellis contemporary artwork
Jannis KounellisSans titre, 2010 Imprints of coats, tar on canvas mounted on steel panel
200 x 180 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris
Sans titre (Notte) by Jannis Kounellis contemporary artwork
Jannis KounellisSans titre (Notte), 2009 Newspaper, lithograph, glass
57 x 41 x 12.7 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris
Sans titre by Jannis Kounellis contemporary artwork
Jannis KounellisSans titre, 2011 Lithograph and sleeve of a coat
75 x 104 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris
Sans titre (INRI) by Jannis Kounellis contemporary artwork
Jannis KounellisSans titre (INRI), 2011 Lithograph and billiard balls
58.5 x 41.5 x 10 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris

Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Homage to Korea at Wooson Gallery, Daegu
Open Now
27 June–7 September 2019 Group Exhibition Homage to Korea Wooson Gallery, Daegu
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, écriture / figure at Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris, Paris
Upcoming
5 September–26 October 2019 Group Exhibition écriture / figure Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris, 38 Avenue Matignon
Contemporary art exhibition, Jannis Kounellis, Jannis Kounellis at Almine Rech, London
Closed
28 May–27 July 2019 Jannis Kounellis Jannis Kounellis Almine Rech, London

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Jannis Kounellis Ocula Conversation Jannis Kounellis Artist, Greece & Italy

Born in Greece, but living in Italy since 1956, Kounellis has been a major figure in contemporary art for over fifty years. The artist is often referred to as one of the forefathers of the Arte Povera movement – a movement that arose in the 1960s and played a central role in redefining artistic practice with radical and highly original...

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In Related Press

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Jannis Kounellis: A Taxonomy of Tired Things Related Press Jannis Kounellis: A Taxonomy of Tired Things Frieze : 7 June 2019

All that remained were 48 hats. 48 hats and 48 coats. 48 hats and 48 coats and 48 pairs of shoes. They lay, folded, in six lines of eight, the discarded wear of 48 absent men or the uniform of a single man, repeated some 48 times.

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The Art Newspaper's pick of the 2019 Venice Biennale Related Press The Art Newspaper's pick of the 2019 Venice Biennale The Art Newspaper : 30 April 2019

There are hundreds of exhibitions in Venice during the Biennale. Alongside the main exhibition in the Giardini and Arsenale, there are 90 national presentations, many in nearby pavilions in the Giardini and in spaces around the Arsenale, but also dotted throughout Venice. Then there are the official collateral exhibitions in museums and galleries,...

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Jannis Kounellis’s unique blend of aesthetics, poetry, and alchemy Related Press Jannis Kounellis’s unique blend of aesthetics, poetry, and alchemy Apollo Magazine : 23 February 2017

Jannis Kounellis, Arte Povera pioneer, has died in Rome at the age of 80. For over half a century Kounellis transformed often lowly materials into engaging sculptural forms with his signature blend of aesthetics, poetry, and alchemy.

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Arte Povera artist Jannis Kounellis has died, aged 80 Related Press Arte Povera artist Jannis Kounellis has died, aged 80 The Art Newspaper : 20 February 2017

The Greek-Italian artist Jannis Kounellis, one of the leading figures of the Arte Povera movement, died in Rome’s Villa Mafalda hospital, aged 80, according to Italian media reports.Born in Piraeus , Greece in 1936, the artist moved to Rome at the age of 20 to study at the Academy of Fine Arts and considered the Eternal City his adopted home,...

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