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Kounellis via China: “In 1967, the term Arte Povera was put forward by Italian critic Germano Celant to describe the styles and concepts of current young Italian artists. Art Povera means that artists choose industrial wastes, everyday natural material or other often neglected materials as representing media to highlight the contrast of their weight and structure and to praise the meaning of form itself. In the pedigree of Art Povera, Kounellis prefers to and emphasizes on the expansibility of everyday substantial energy. Wherever these substances are from, they are directly turned into substances carrying artistic concepts. They are expanding around human. They are separated from their physical attributes to become the vehicles for communication with human spirit in public domain only after they are in connection with society, human, history and culture.”


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