Janis Kounellis 2004
Set of 4 limited edtion artist cups
Greek-born Kounellis has lived in Italy since 1956. This is his second illy collection, where he resumes the culture of his homeland.
The cups feature four heroines in Greek tragedy: Antigone, Phaedra, Persephone and Electra. There is nothing heroic about them, however: on the contrary, they are represented as broken dolls, with severed heads and limbs, their names hand-written on the outer surface of the cup. Blotches of black ink ooze like blood onto the saucers.
Myth is important in Kounellis’ work, as is the theater: he has worked as a set designer and the large retrospective show commemorating his forty years of artistic activity, held in Rome in 2002, was entitled “Atto Unico” (one-act play).
Jannis Kounellis a key figure in international contemporary art for over forty years and is a founding member of the Italian Arte Povera movement whose works challenge the conventional interpretation of art and often contain a political or social dimension. Born in Greece, Kounellis has lived in Italy since 1956 & currently makes his home in Rome.
This product contains;
- original illy collection gift set box
- 4 x numbered & signed limited edition art collection cups with saucers
- original brochure
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