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View of “Jannis Kounellis,” 2015. From left: Untitled, 1967; Untitled, 1967; Untitled, 1967.

Jannis Kounellis

Galleria Christian Stein | Milan

View of “Jannis Kounellis,” 2015. From left: Untitled, 1967; Untitled, 1967; Untitled, 1967.

As I entered, everything was silent. Yet the room held some of the most thunderous efforts to come from a radical protagonist of twentieth-century art. Both of Galleria Christian Stein’s locations—the historical space in Milan and the new quarters in Pero—were devoted to a solo show of Arte Povera giant Jannis Kounellis, who was born in Piraeus, Greece, in 1936 and moved to Italy in 1956. Comprising a total of thirty-three installations and paintings (seven in Milan and twenty-six in Pero) created between 1959 and the present, the exhibition was the result of impressive curatorial research on a figure whose work has always been distinctive. Kounellis draws upon models from Renaissance-painting traditions, but translates them with a raw, gestural quality that conveys a desire for fullness and immediacy; in effect, his work always suggests a register beyond the range of

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