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© Jannis Kounellis

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Untitled 1969

Not on display

  • Artist Rooms
Sacks of coal, corn and peas are resonant of Kounellis’s Mediterranean roots, evocative of the sights and smells of a hectic seaport and the commercial exchange of goods. However, their situation within a gallery space also places these products in a new artistic context. Propped along the length of a wall, their colour, mass and scent produces a lyrical rhythm that invests them with new poetic significance. Employing everyday materials and instigating a radical revision of the exhibition space, Kounellis’s practice was fundamental to the development of the Arte Povera movement in the late 1960s.


  • Acc. No. AR00069
  • Medium Burlap and beans
  • Size 47.00 x 137.00 x 63.00 cm (variable)
  • 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