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Pierre Huyghe: The Artist as Director Ocula Conversation Pierre Huyghe: The Artist as Director

Pierre Huyghe is a producer of spectacular and memorable enigmas, with works that function more like mirages than as objects. Abyssal Plain (2015–ongoing), his contribution to the 2015 Istanbul Biennial, curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, was installed on the seabed of the Marmara Sea, some 20 metres below the surface of the water and close to...

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MoMA Expansion: Once the Modern, Always the Modern Ocula Report MoMA Expansion: Once the Modern, Always the Modern 29 Nov 2019 : Mohammad Salemy for Ocula

In the early decades of its existence, New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), founded in 1929, transformed from a philanthropic project modestly housed in a few rooms of the Heckscher Building on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, to an alleged operating node in the United States' cultural struggle during the cold war, and one of the...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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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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Sans titre by Jannis Kounellis contemporary artwork
Jannis KounellisSans titre, 1998 Iron, rail, paper and pieces of coal
200 x 600 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York
Untitled by Jannis Kounellis contemporary artwork
Jannis KounellisUntitled, 1998 Iron, steel beams, painting on paper, coats
200 x 600 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris
Untitled by Jannis Kounellis contemporary artwork
Jannis KounellisUntitled, 2008 Lead, unpolished Murano glass, wire and fabric on steel panel
200 x 180 cm
Mazzoleni
Untitled by Jannis Kounellis contemporary artwork
Jannis KounellisUntitled, 2009 Paintstick on paper
50 x 70 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris
Senza titolo (Untitled) by Jannis Kounellis contemporary artwork
Jannis KounellisSenza titolo (Untitled), 2003 Iron, burlap, wire and trumpet
100 x 79 x 10 cm
Hauser & Wirth
Sans titre by Jannis Kounellis contemporary artwork
Jannis KounellisSans titre, 2008 Lead, Murano glass, iron wire, coat on iron plate
200 x 180 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

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Jannis Kounellis, Arnulf Rainer, Antoni Tàpies at Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris, Paris
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5 September–26 October 2019 Group Exhibition Jannis Kounellis, Arnulf Rainer, Antoni Tàpies Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris, 38 Avenue Matignon
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Homage to Korea at Wooson Gallery, Daegu
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27 June–7 September 2019 Group Exhibition Homage to Korea Wooson Gallery, Daegu
Contemporary art exhibition, Jannis Kounellis, Jannis Kounellis at Almine Rech, London
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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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