Jannis Kounellis

Galleria Salvatore + Caroline Ala

What sort of challenge has Jannis Kounellis mounted in this work? It is an onslaught that emanates from the morgue, or perhaps the funeral chamber. His judgment of the present state of art is severe indeed; his condemnation is expressed through a polemic against the artificiality of today’s trends, and through a comparison of them with a proposal for an alternative sequence of artistic events (his own) which would be a valid offering to the world at this particular time. The self-references (nearly all the elements present in this show have already appeared in different guise in the artist’s previous work) are articulated as if arrayed for attack: insofar as they represent ready-made artistic achievements, Kounellis uses them as positive values. He finds fault, on the other hand, with the context into which they are thrown in a sort of forced coexistence.

Kounellis’ gesture seems to pose

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