Jannis Kounellis presents an installation where
coats, sacks and iron girders form a relationship.
Rich in philosophical and literary references, the
shape/non-shape of the coat is caged inside the
rigid “tracks”: the result is a kind of tragic frieze. This
almost Renaissance-like compositional rigour is underscored
by the presence of a noble element,
which is however placed in a lateral position. The
Archive of Memory is in fact a classical sculpture of
a head wrapped in a coat and placed on a plain
chair: both a tribute and an act of rejection of the
sources that inspire the work.