PM pays re­spects to My­taras, Kounel­lis

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Greek politi­cians yes­ter­day paid their re­spects fol­low­ing the deaths on Thurs­day of two of Greece’s most im­por­tant 20th cen­tury painters: Dim­itris My­taras, aged 83, and Jan­nis Kounel­lis, aged 80. Writ­ing on Twit­ter yes­ter­day, Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras de­scribed My­taras as “an im­por­tant and great rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Greek vis­ual arts.” Born in Halkida in Evia, My­taras drew in­spi­ra­tion from the hu­man fig­ure within a con­text of nat­u­ral­ism and ex­pres­sion­ism. Dur­ing Greece’s mil­i­tary junta from 1967 to 1974, My­taras fo­cused crit­i­cal at­ten­tion on Greek life through a series of re­al­is­tic works ti­tled “Pho­to­graphic Doc­u­ments.” He was also cho­sen to cre­ate one of the of­fi­cial posters for the Athens 2004 Olympics. Tsipras also ex­pressed his con­do­lences over the death of Kounel­lis. “An­other great loss for our cul­ture,” Tsipras wrote on Twit­ter, not­ing that the artist’s death “leaves us the poorer.” One of the lead­ing fig­ures of the Arte Povera move­ment, Kounel­lis moved to Rome in 1956. He be­came known for works that chal­lenged the bound­aries be­tween paint­ing, sculp­ture and even­tu­ally, per­for­mance.

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