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Jannis Kounellis, Untitled (1974)


Walker Art Center



Institution Walker Art Center
Untitled (1974) combines many aspects of Kounellis' oeuvre: shelves or tables, classical sculptural fragments, fire, and smoke. The plaster casts of heads and other body parts of classical sculptures can be interpreted as forlorn relics of a romanticized past in which society seemed to have been intact. Conversely, these academic relics portray a romanticization of the fragment and suggest that a splintered culture is sufficient or even desirable. These two opposing ideas are often visually addressed by Kounellis.

Also on view in Gallery 5 is Jannis Kounellis' work Untitled (1982).

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Source: Label text for Jannis Kounellis, Untitled (1974), from the exhibition 100 Years of Sculpture: From the Pedestal to the Pixel, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, February 22-May 24, 1998.
Rights: Copyright 1998 Walker Art Center
Added to Site: March 1, 2009