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.