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Jannis Kounellis

1936-2017

Jannis Kounellis was a leading light in the Italian Arte Povera movement. Meaning ‘Poor Art’, it was a style that challenged the established order and called for radical social, political and artist change. Kounellis was born near Athens in Greece and moved to Rome to study at the Academia di Bella Art in 1956. His early works were characterised by the use of stencils, which he superimposed on his paintings, to reflect street signs and advertisements. From 1960 he became more and more radical and experimental in his approach to his work.

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