Since 2001 a special Cortonantiquaria Prize is given every year, during the fair, to important personalities, from artist to entrepreneurs.
This year it has been awarded to Jannis Kounellis, famous Greek sculptor and painter, who has been working and living in Italy for so long now that he’s considered one of the most “Italian” amongst contemporary artists.
The gala ceremony during which the prize will be given to Kounellis will take place tonight at 9.45 pm in Sant’Agostino Auditorium in Cortona.
Kounellis is currently working at a special site-specific project for the Cortonantiquaria
exhibition,a work of art he wants to donate to our beautiful precious town.
The work will be formed by old and antique wooden furniture.
“Wood, furniture are the pivot of the antique.
Wooden furniture are like old coats, that have smells, colours and unique and unrepeatable shapes.
I want to render homage to these old wooden coats, recuperating their deep soul, sinking into wood and shape” says Kounellis.
Check pictures of the artist working on the project HERE.