Getting stoned in the desert

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January 12, 2017 15:34

Arranging several dozen motley shaped stones across two floors of a museum may not sound like a particularly creative effort, but it actually makes for alluring viewing.




Art by Jannis Kounellis

Art by Jannis Kounellis. (photo credit: RAPHAEL DELOUYA)

What’s the first image that springs to mind when you think of the desert? It’s got to be sand, right? Wrong – at least as far as Jannis Kounellis is concerned. Then again, Kounellis is an artist and, as such, he has a different take on reality and way of perceiving physical elements.

That is manifest as soon as you enter the Negev Museum of Art in Beersheba, where the sprightly octogenarian has an intriguing installation on show, curated by Italian art historian and critic Adachiara Zevi.

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