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In one of his most physically powerful works, Kounellis blocks a doorway in the exhibition space, thereby restricting the possible access and exit points from the gallery. Like many of his contemporaries, Kounellis turned to an ancient technique in order to address current concerns. Here the traditional method is dry stone building, used most commonly to divide farmland, but also alluding to the blocked doorways of abandoned houses in the artist’s native Greece. The work draws attention to the architecture of the museum and creates a somewhat threatening environment for the spectator.

April 2009