Fondazione Prada presents “Jannis Kounellis,” curated by Germano Celant, the major retrospective dedicated to the artist following his death in 2017.
The exhibition runs from 11 May to 24 November 2019 (press preview taking place on Wednesday 8 May) at the historic palazzo of Ca’ Corner della Regina, Fondazione Prada’s Venetian venue.
Developed in collaboration with Archivio Kounellis, the project brings together 70 works from 1958 to 2016, from both Italian and international art institutions and museums, including Tate Modern (London), Centre Pompidou - Musée national d’art moderne (Paris), Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum (Rotterdam), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis) and Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea (Turin), as well as from important private collections both in Italy and abroad. The show explores the artistic and exhibition history of Jannis Kounellis (Piraeus 1936 – Rome 2017), highlighting key moments in the evolution of his visual poetics and establishing a dialogue between his works and the eighteenth-century spaces of Ca’ Corner della Regina.
The retrospective is completed on the ground floor by documents 3⁄4including films, exhibition catalogues, invitations, posters and archival photographs3⁄4 that trace Kounellis’ exhibition history, and by a focus on his theater projects. The exhibition is accompanied by a volume that includes an essay by Germano Celant and an extensive illustrated chronology, documenting and exploring Jannis Kounellis’ artistic career and biography. Designed by 2x4 (New York), the book is published by Fondazione Prada.
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