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Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art is delight ed to present a solo exhibition of works by painter\, scul ptor and performance artist Jannis Kounellis.

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Considere d a protagonist of Arte Povera\, an art movement that emerged in Italy duri ng the 1960s\, Kounellis embarked on his artistic career by creating some o f the most radical art works of the time. Often combining the inanimate and animate\, he boldly incorporated things such as propane torches\, plants a nd 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 an d his own heritage\, in itself a spirited discussion between collective and personal experiences.

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The exhibition at Parasol unit aims to consider K ounellis’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 de cades should thus engender an arena for discussion. On show will be works\, such as Untitled (Carboniera)\, 1967\; Untitled (steel plate and braid)\,1969\, on loan from Centre George Pompidou\, Musée nationa l d’art\; Metamorphosis\, 1984\, and Untitled\, 1977\, an electric train moving on steel plates installed around one of the pillars of the Parasol unit gallery.

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< span style="font-size: small\;">Born in 1936 in Piraeus\, Greece\, Kounelli s moved to Rome in 1956\, where he still lives and works. In recent years\, Kounellis has had numerous solo exhibitions internationally\, including\, among others\, at Neue Nationalgalerie\, Berlin\, 2007\; National Centre fo r Contemporary Art\, Moscow\, 2011\; Today Art Museum\, Beijing\, 2011\; an d Museum of Cycladic Art\, Athens\, 2012.

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