In January 1967 Kounellis organized a solo exhibition in Rome at L’Attico, directed by Fabio Sargentini, where he exhibited twelve live horses. He relates that he was inspired by a phrase by André Breton in Le surrealisme au service de la revolution, according to which something could happen that was as impossible as the Tartars bringing their horses to drink at the fountains of Versailles.
“You know the reason why I used a basketball over another object is for the purity of it. It’s an inflatable - it relates to our human experience to be alive. We have to breathe. If the ball would be deflated, it would be a symbol of death. But, it’s inflated so it’s a symbol of life.”
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