Untitled (Scissors)
© Jannis Kounellis

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Untitled (Scissors) 2004
  • Artist Rooms
From 1989 to 2005 Kounellis made a series of works produced in editions, described as multiples, in which he incorporated elements drawn from the vocabulary of his earlier practice. Perhaps referencing Joseph Beuys’s multiples, the works comprise organic and industrial materials, as well as painted lettering and found objects, arranged in compact vitrines. The objects were chosen for their tactile or sensory qualities – for example, a kitchen knife, a sewing machine, coffee beans or hanks of hair. Compartmentalised into display cases traditionally reserved for museum artefacts, Kounellis raises the status of these ordinary items, inviting critical examination and artistic contemplation.

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Found material

Existing objects or images that are incorporated into an artwork. A found object that is treated as an artwork without modification is known as a readymade.


A glass display case or cabinet used for displaying works of art, objects and curios. The term is derived from the French word ‘vitre’, which means a pane of glass.

Found material, Vitrine


  • Acc. No. AR00584
  • Medium Metal, glass and scissors
  • Size 65.00 x 44.90 x 13.80 cm (weight: 13kg)
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008