Jannis Kounellis at mima
Other venues: Display
23 November 2012 – 10 March 2013
  • Jannis Kounellis, 'Untitled' 1969

    Jannis Kounellis
    Untitled 1969
    Seven burlap sacks containing coffee beans, red lentils, broad beans, peas, white and red beans and corn
    displayed: 470 x 1370 x 630 mm (Variable)
    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 Jannis Kounellis

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ARTIST ROOMS on Tour with The Art Fund supported by the Scottish Government is an inspired partnership that will fulfil the vision for this extraordinary collection: that it should be shared across the UK.

A unique exhibition of the work of Jannis Kounellis is on show at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima). Kounellis was a seminal contributor to the radically and internationally influential Arte Povera group. Often epic in scale, his work possesses a grandeur that reflects his frequent choice of themes and ideas from the past and particularly from Ancient Greece. Kounellis began his career as a painter, but during the 1960s he abandoned traditional painting in favour of a host of everyday materials with which he created sculptures and installations. Ordinary objects and natural matter held a directness and immediacy for Kounellis who was seeking to establish more concrete communication between the viewer and the artwork.