Jannis Kounellis

Jannis Kounellis

Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art

Jannis Kounellis, Untitled, 1967. Iron structure and coal, 28 x 155 x 125 cm. Courtesy of the artist and of Sprovieri, London.Photo: Claudio Abate. © Jannis Kounellis.

November 26, 2012

Jannis Kounellis
28 November 2012–23 February 2013

Preview: 27 November, 6:30–9pm

Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art
14 Wharf Road, London, N1 7RW
Admission: free

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Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art is delighted to present a solo exhibition of works by painter, sculptor and performance artist Jannis Kounellis.

Considered a protagonist of Arte Povera, an art movement that emerged in Italy during the 1960s, Kounellis embarked on his artistic career by creating some of the most radical art works of the time. Often combining the inanimate and animate, he boldly incorporated things such as propane torches, plants and animals as integral if not vital parts of his works. He also introduced the notion of performance within works of art, something that to this day continues to inspire artists around the world. In all these works, Kounellis drew from his deep knowledge of and sensitivity to cultures of the past and his own heritage, in itself a spirited discussion between collective and personal experiences.

The exhibition at Parasol unit aims to consider Kounellis’s early works from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s and his own response to them from today’s standpoint, which often culminates in a more recent and spontaneous work. This juxtaposition of works of art from the different decades should thus engender an arena for discussion.

Born in 1936 in Piraeus, Greece, Kounellis moved to Rome in 1956, where he still lives and works.

This exhibition has been kindly supported by the Hellenic Foundation for Culture.

Forthcoming project

Shezad Dawood: New Dream Machine Project
Parasolstice – Winter Light 2012
5 December 2012–17 February 2013
Launch & introduction by Shezad Dawood: 4 December, 6:30–9pm

Artist Shezad Dawood will exhibit his immersive, sculptural light piece, New Dream Machine Project and create a new film, commissioned to accompany this sensory work, New Dream Machine Project IIParasolstice is generously supported by Arts Council England.

Related event

Wednesday 28 November, 7pm 
Jannis Kounellis: in conversation with Ziba Ardalan, Director/Curator of Parasol unit.
An opportunity to gain unique insight into the highly influential work of exhibiting artist Jannis Kounellis, whose practice has spanned over 40 years.

Booking is highly recommended: www.parasol-unit.org

Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art: founded in December 2004, is a registered educational and a nonprofit institution that operates purely for public benefit.

Opening hours: Hours: Monday by prior arrangement, Tuesday–Saturday 10–6pm, Sunday 12–5pm
First Thursday of every month open until 9 pm
Christmas closure: 22 December 2012–1 January 2013 (inclusive)


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