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Jannis Kounellis

1936-2017

Greek painter and sculptor Jannis Kounellis was synonymous with the Arte Povera Poor Art movement. After attending an art college in Athens, Kounellis relocated to Rome and studied at the Italian capital’s Academia di Bella Art. Jannis Kounellis’ early career was as a painter who created works inspired by simple images like street advertisements. However as he became immersed in Arte Povera, an artistic realm which challenged conventional political, societal and artistic norms Kounellis also branched out into sculpture and installation art.