Jannis Kounellis
Untitled 1993

Artwork details

Jannis Kounellis born 1936
Date 1993
Medium Steel bedsprings, metal hook and paint on wall
Dimensions Object (bed base): 1890 x 790 x 40 mm
object (hook): 210 mm
displayed: 2670 x 2300 x 100 mm
Acquisition ARTIST ROOMS
Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
Not on display

Online caption

In the late 1960s Kounellis experimented with arrangements of wool and burning fuel on simple bed-frames. These three-dimensional pieces represented his use of everyday objects to create artworks, imbued with a direct and immediate power. In this more recent work, Kounellis utilises a similar steel bed-frame. Suspended precariously from a gallery wall, the metal framework contrasts with the painted backdrop. The volume and weight of the object is countered by the flatness of the surface. Kounellis seems to visualise his own artistic progression from two-dimensional painting to the employment of unconventional sculptural forms by referencing techniques that have become central to his career.

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