04.07.2023 – 15.07.2023

Kounellis and the sketches of the work Resistenza e Liberazione


From July 4, some preparatory sketches made on paper by Jannis Kounellis for the realization of the work Resistance and Liberation, were temporarily exhibited until the end of the fist exhibition in the New Saint Agnes. 

For the first time, thanks to the collaboration of the University of Padua General Archive, it was possible to visit the sketch on paper realized by the artist in the New Saint Agnes.

The relationship with the artist began in 2021 when the president Alberto Peruzzo decided to restore the site-specific work Resistenza e Liberazione (Resistance and Liberation) made by the artist in 1995, in the prestigious Palazzo del Bo (Bo Palace), venue of the University of Padua. After the restoration, the foundation realized in collaboration with the university the notebook that tells about the history, the artist and the restoration after 25 years from the inauguration.  

Among the objectives of the foundation there is the recovery and enhancement of the cultural heritage and the territory, in fact, the recovery of the work of Jannis Kounellis is not a random choice; today the foundation has chosen to permanently place a work by the artist in the position of the former altar of the New Sant’Agnese, destined to become the symbol of the former sacred place.


The University of Padua
Carlo Manfredi of the University of Padua Archive
Professor Guido Bartorelli
Dott. Chiara Marin

Dir. of the Venice Academy of Fine Art, Riccardo Caldura
Soprintendenza Archeologica e Belle Arti  e Paesaggio per l’area metropolitana di Venezia e le province di Belluno, Padova e Treviso