Jannis Kounellis

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Chairs, charcoal, jute bags, fabric
2005

Private Collection

Jannis Kounellis (1936-2017) was a Greek-born performance artist and sculptor. Originally trained in painting, Kounellis eventually shifted to installations. He created works that juxtaposed disparate materials, including stone, cotton, coal, bed frames, and doors. This artistic method can be seen in works where he has installed live birds in cages alongside paintings, sculptures accompanied by the playing of a Bach score, and his recurring installations wherein 12 live horses are displayed in galleries or other art spaces.

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  • The work is a stage set of ten wooden chairs arranged in a circle, facing inwards and communing with one another.  On top of each chair are black tied-up sacks containing coal — a symbolic quality of weight, baggage,and  collective memory. It evokes some theatrical sense that recalls the artist’s experience in working for the stage creating scenographies and his musings on the human condition.

  • The work is a stage set of ten wooden chairs arranged in a circle, facing inwards and communing with one another.  On top of each chair are black tied-up sacks containing coal — a symbolic quality of weight, baggage,and  collective memory. It evokes some theatrical sense that recalls the artist’s experience in working for the stage creating scenographies and his musings on the human condition.

  • The work is a stage set of ten wooden chairs arranged in a circle, facing inwards and communing with one another.  On top of each chair are black tied-up sacks containing coal — a symbolic quality of weight, baggage,and  collective memory. It evokes some theatrical sense that recalls the artist’s experience in working for the stage creating scenographies and his musings on the human condition.

  • The work is a stage set of ten wooden chairs arranged in a circle, facing inwards and communing with one another.  On top of each chair are black tied-up sacks containing coal — a symbolic quality of weight, baggage,and  collective memory. It evokes some theatrical sense that recalls the artist’s experience in working for the stage creating scenographies and his musings on the human condition.