The article considers Jannis Kounellis’ Untitled (Freedom or Death. Long live Marat Long live Robespierre), created in 1969 and exhibited in Naples in that year. The author focuses on its possible visual antecedents, comparing it with contemporary works by Italian and international artists and analyzing the content of the prominent inscription, with a reconstruction of its historical, political and literary allusions, thus clarifying the meaning it had in Italy at the end of the 1960s. Untitled is also briefly discussed in the context of French revolutionary art.

"Libertà o Morte W Marat W Robespierre" : note di contesto per un'opera di Jannis Kounellis

Giorgio Di Domenico
2022

Abstract

The article considers Jannis Kounellis’ Untitled (Freedom or Death. Long live Marat Long live Robespierre), created in 1969 and exhibited in Naples in that year. The author focuses on its possible visual antecedents, comparing it with contemporary works by Italian and international artists and analyzing the content of the prominent inscription, with a reconstruction of its historical, political and literary allusions, thus clarifying the meaning it had in Italy at the end of the 1960s. Untitled is also briefly discussed in the context of French revolutionary art.
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