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)
    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

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.