Jannis Kounellis
Untitled 2004

Artwork details

Jannis Kounellis born 1936
Date 2004
Medium Steel, carpets, 2 hooks, coat and hat
Dimensions Display dimensions variable
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

Kounellis’s recent installations respond to the current cultural and political climate. Describing this piece as “a clash of civilisations; a meeting of technology and spirituality”, his organisation of rigid steel crucifixes upon traditionally woven Turkish carpets emphasises the contrast between industrially-made products and unique craftwork, Eastern traditions and Western ritual. While the rhythmic pattern of the textiles brings together these conflicting elements, a single tweed overcoat and trilby hat hang enigmatically at one end. Appearing like strangely dislocated fragments of a more coherent whole, Kounellis calls into question the position of the individual in relation to our wider society.

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