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Biography of Jannis Kounellis

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b. 1936, Piraeus, Greece

1956
Moves from Greece to Rome.
Studies at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma.
1960
Has his first solo show, L'alfabeto di Kounellis , at Galleria la Tartaruga in Rome.
1963
Begins to use found objects in his paintings.
Participates in the Biennale di San Marino.
1967
Kounellis's work is included in the exhibition Arte povera e IM spazio at the Galleria La Bertesca in Genoa, Italy. This exhibition is curated by Germano Celant, who coined the term "arte povera."
Participates in the Biennale de Paris.
1969
Presents eleven live horses in an exhibition at Galleria l'Attico in Rome.
Participates in the Biennale de Paris.
1970
Kounellis's work is included in the Tokyo Biennial.
1971
Exhibits at Galería Enzo Sperone in Turin.
1972
Has his first solo show in New York, at Ileana Sonnabend Gallery, where he will frequently show his work in the coming years.
Participates in Documenta 5 in Kassel, Germany, and the XXXVI Biennale di Venezia.
1976
Participates in the XXXVII Biennale di Venezia.
1977
Exhibits in Athens for the first time, at the Jean and Karen Bernier Gallery.
Exhibits at the Kunstmuseum Bern and at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam. Participates in Documenta 6 in Kassel, Germany.
1978
The Städtisches Museum Abteiberg in Mönchen- gladbach, Germany, organizes an exhibition of Kounellis's work.
Receives the Premio Pino Pascali.
Participates in the XXXVIII Biennale di Venezia.
1979
Exhibits at the Folkwang Museum in Essen, Germany.
1980
The Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris holds an exhibition of Kounellis's work.
Participates in the XXXIX Biennale di Venezia.
1981
The Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, presents an exhibition of Kounellis's work that later travels to the Fundación Caja de Pensiones in Madrid; Whitechapel Art Gallery in London; and Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden.
1982
Participates in Documenta 7 in Kassel, Germany.
1984
Exhibits at the Museum Haus Esters in Krefeld, Germany.
Participates in the XLI Biennale di Venezia .
1985
CAPC, Musée d'Art Contemporain de Bordeaux presents a major exhibition of Kounellis's work.
1986
The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago holds a retrospective of Kounellis's work. The exhibition later travels to the Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal.
1987
Exhibits at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Nagoya, Japan.
1988
Exhibits at the Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Castello di Rivoli in Turin, Italy.
Participates in the XLIII Biennale di Venezia.
1989
Exhibits at the Espai Poblenou in Barcelona.
1990
Jannis Kounellis: Via del mare opens at the Stedeljik Museum in Amsterdam.
The exhibition La stanza verde is shown at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag in the Hague; the Arnolfini in Bristol, England; the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London; and the Fundació Antoni Tàpies in Barcelona.
1991
Exhibits at the Henry Moore Sculpture Trust Studio at Dean Clough in Halifax, England.
1993
Has exhibitions at the Belvedere Palace in Prague, Palazzo Fabroni in Pistoia, Italy, and Marian Goodman Gallery in New York.
Participates in the XLV Biennale di Venezia.
1994
Exhibits at Anthony d'Offay Gallery in London, Konrad Fischer Galerie in Düsseldorf, and Galerie Lelong in Paris. Installs a selection of his works from the previous thirty years in a boat called Ionion and moors it in the port of his birthplace, Piraeus, Greece.
1995
Participates in the International Istanbul Biennial.
1997
Exhibits at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid.
Kounellis: Die Front, das Denken, der Sturm opens at the Museum Ludwig in Cologne.
Kounellis's work is included in the inaugural exhibition of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, The Guggenheim Museums and the Art of This Century.
1998
One of Kounellis's sculptures is permanently installed on Ponte di Tappia in Naples.
1999
Il sarcofago degli sposi opens at the Österreichisches Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna.
2000
Exhibits at the Kunstmuseum Winterthur and at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires.
2001
Exhibitions of Kounellis's work are shown at the Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales in Montevideo, and at the Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci in Prato, Italy.
2002
Exhibits at the Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst in Ghent, Belgium, and at the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna in Rome.
Kounellis's work is included in Process and Materiality in Art at the Mid-Twentieth Century at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.
2003
Exhibits at the Monastero Mechitarista dell'Isola di San Lazzaro degli Armeni near Venice and at the Kunstraum Innsbruck in Innsbruck, Austria.
2004
Exhibits recent work at the Museum of Modern Art in Oxford.
The National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens presents a solo exhibition of Kounellis's work during the Olympic Games.
2005
The retrospective Jannis Kounellis: Works, 1958–2005 opens at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh.
Opus One opens at the Albertina in Vienna and later travels to the Musée d'Art Moderne de Saint-Étienne Métropole in Saint-Étienne, France.
2006
Exhibits at the Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro in Milan and at the Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Donnaregina in Naples.
Participates in the exhibition Homage to Chillida at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.
2007
The Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin presents an exhibition of the artist's work.
Recent work by Kounellis is shown at Galería Arte Contemporáneo in Málaga, Spain.
2008
Participates in the 16th Biennale of Sydney.
Shows at Galerie Lelong in Zurich.
Kounellis's work is featured in the exhibition Traces du sacré at the Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.
2009
Participates in the 11th International Istanbul Biennial.
Kounellis's work is featured in the exhibition Antes de ayer y pasado mañana; o lo que pude ser pintura hoy at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Union Fenosa in La Coruña, Spain.
2010
Il expose dans la Fondation Marcelino Botín, Santander, la Galerie Altxerri, Donostia-San Sebastián, la Meessen De Clercq, Bruxelles, et dans la Ambika P3, University of Westminster, Londres.
2011
La Galerie Lelong, Paris, inaugure l'exposition Klein - Kounellis feu / contre-feu . Son œuvre est exposée dans la Sonnabend Gallery, New York, la Galleria d'Arte Moderna « Raccolta Lercaro », Bologne, les Abattoirs, Toulouse, et l'Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sidney.
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