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As this most recent work in the room shows, changes in Kounellis’s practice over the years also carry continuities. He has been working with bells since the 1990s, often contrasting their elegance and precision with more haphazard forms. Here the ageing, rickety tables appear hardly able to sustain the accumulated weight of the bells. The stilling of the bells – especially those without tongues - may suggest a wider silencing of the many personal histories that the tables evoke.

April 2009