• View of “Jannis Kounellis,” 2016–17. Photo: Manolis Baboussis.

    Jannis Kounellis

    Negev Museum of Art

    Be’er Sheva, although Israel’s fourth-largest city, stands relatively neglected at the edge of the Negev, in the nation’s so-called periphery. Jannis Kounellis arrived in Be’er Sheva with, in his own phrase, his hands in his pockets—that is to say, without a project. One can well understand why Kounellis would be lured by the desert, for he was one of the leading figures of Arte Povera, once described by the critic Germano Celant as “a nomadism of action.”

    Kounellis’s working materials typically vary in response to the locale he finds himself in. His concept for this exhibition is that Israel

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