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Jannis Kounellis

Galleria Christian Stein | Milan

Unlike the visually and emotionally intense environment of Jannis Kounellis’ last installation at this gallery, in 1985, in which jets of flame set against steel panels all along the walls created a “burning” field of tension, his recent installation here followed a more intellectual, constructive formula. Using some of the materials that have become familiar from much of his previous work—sheet metal, burlap sacks, an oil lamp, coal—he created works on two walls and a floor piece next to a third wall. The basic units of construction in one wall work were steel panels of two different sizes. Six large square panels were arranged against the wall in a partly overlapping sequence, with each panel tilted slightly up toward the right. These served as a support for eight identical groups of small rectangular panels (five sandwiched together in each group), which were held in place by steel

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