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Art talk “Jannis Kounellis and his relevance to the modern age”

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24 May, 2018
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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HKAGA and Massimo De Carlo will co-present a talk by Mr. Huang Du, an art critic based in Beijing. On occasion of Jannis Kounellis’s show at Massimo De Carlo, Mr. Huang Du will introduce the practice of Jannis Kounellis, his impact and legacy.

Date: 24 May 2018 (Thursday)
Time: Start from11am
Venue: Massimo De Carlo, 301-302, 3/F, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central
RSVP: [email protected]

Massimo De Carlo’s first gallery show by Jannis Kounellis in Hong Kong is structured as a small retrospective that offers to the viewer an overview of Kounellis’s most iconic works from the decades that go from 1983 until 2012. As a participant in the famous Arte Povera group exhibition organized by Germano Celant in Genoa in 1967, Jannis Kounellis was quickly considered one of the major representatives of this artistic movement. Mr Huang Du, a Beijing-based art curator and critic, has deeply researched into Arte Povera and curated the very first show of Jannis Kounellis in Beijing Today Art Museum in 2011.

About the Speaker

Huang Du is an independent curator and art critic based in Beijing. He curated Translating China, the first solo exhibition by Jannis Kounellis at Today Art Museum, Beijing in 2011.  His major curatorial projects include Art Advisor to the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2012 with Hans Ulrich Obrist, curator for the Chinese pavilion of the 26th Sao Paulo Biennale, Sao Paulo, 2004 and assistant curator for Chinese Pavilion of the 50th Venice Biennale, 2003. Recent projects include On Sharks & Humanity, Hong Kong Maritime Museum, 2017. Born in Shaanxi Province, China in 1965, Huang Du graduated in History of Art at Central academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing in 1988. During 1991 and 1992, he studied History of Art in Bologna University, Italy. In 2004 he received his Ph.D in Science of Fine Arts from CAFA, Beijing, China, and went on to complete his Post-Ph.D research in Academy of Fine Arts of Tsinghua University, Beijing, China in 2006.

About the Artist

Jannis Kounellis was born in Piraeus, Athens, in 1936. In 1956 he moved to Rome where he enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts. Jannis Kounellis has repeatedly described himself as a Greek person, but self-identified as an Italian artist, who immersed himself immediately in the cultural heritage of Italy. Jannis Kounellis was one of the leading figures of Arte Povera movement. Believing that modernity threatened to erase our sense of memory along with all signs of the past, the Arte Povera group sought to contrast the new and the old in order to complicate our sense of the effects of passing time.