Greek artist Jan­nis Kounel­lis dies in Rome

Cape Breton Post - - IN MEMORIAM -

Greek artist Jan­nis Kounel­lis, a ma­jor ex­po­nent of the Ital­ian art move­ment Arte Povera who made Italy his adopted home, has died in Rome at the age of 80.

The Villa Mafalda hospi­tal in Rome con­firmed his death late Thurs­day, but de­clined to pro­vide fur­ther de­tails.

Greek Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras said on Twit­ter that Kounel­lis’ death was “an­other great loss for our cul­ture.’’ Ital­ian Cul­ture Min­is­ter Dario Frances­chini tweeted that Kounel­lis was “a great mas­ter, Ital­ian by adop­tion, who with his work marked con­tem­po­rary art.’’

Kounel­lis came to Italy in the 1950s to study at Rome’s Ac­cademia di Belle Arti. While his ear­li­est ex­hi­bi­tions were of only paint­ings, he be­came as­so­ci­ated with the avant-garde Arte Povera, or im­pov­er­ished art move­ment, in the late 1960s, mov­ing to­ward in­stal­la­tions.

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