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Michelangelo Pistoletto

Visual artist

Michelangelo Pistoletto was born in Biella in 1933. He began to exhibit his work in 1955 and in 1960 he had his first solo show at Galleria Galatea in Turin. An inquiry into self-portraiture characterizes his early work. In the two-year period 1961-1962 made the first Mirror Paintings, which directly include the viewer and real time in the work, and open up perspective, reversing the Renaissance perspective that had been closed by the twentieth-century avant-gardes. These works quickly brought Pistoletto international acclaim, leading, in the sixties, to one-man shows in important galleries and museums in Europe and the United States. The Mirror Paintings are the foundation of his subsequent artistic output and theoretical thought.
In 1965 and 1966 he produced a set of works entitled Minus Objects, considered fundamental to the birth of Arte Povera, an art movement of which Pistoletto was an animating force and a protagonist. In 1967 he began to work outside traditional exhibition spac

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Michelangelo Pistoletto was born in Biella in 1933. He began to exhibit his work in 1955 and in 1960 he had his first solo show at Galleria Galatea in Turin. An inquiry into self-portraiture characterizes his early work. In the two-year period 1961-1962 made the first Mirror Paintings, which directly include the viewer and real time in the work, and open up perspective, reversing the Renaissance perspective that had been closed by the twentieth-century avant-gardes. These works quickly brought Pistoletto international acclaim, leading, in the sixties, to one-man shows in important galleries and museums in Europe and the United States. The Mirror Paintings are the foundation of his subsequent artistic output and theoretical thought.
In 1965 and 1966 he produced a set of works entitled Minus Objects, considered fundamental to the birth of Arte Povera, an art movement of which Pistoletto was an animating force and a protagonist. In 1967 he began to work outside traditional exhibition spaces, with the first instances of that “creative collaboration” he developed over the following decades by bringing together artists from different disciplines and diverse sectors of society.
In 1975-76 he presented a cycle of twelve consecutive exhibitions, Le Stanze, at the Stein Gallery in Turin. This was the first of a series of complex, year-long works called “time continents”. Others are White Year (1989) and Happy Turtle (1992).
In 1978, in a show in Turin, Pistoletto defined two main directions his future artwork would take: Division and Multiplication of the Mirror and Art Takes On Religion. In the early eighties he made a series of sculptures in rigid polyurethane, translated into marble for his solo show in 1984 at Forte di Belvedere in Florence. From 1985 to 1989 he created the series of “dark” volumes called Art of Squalor. During the nineties, with Project Art and with the creation in Biella of Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto and the University of Ideas, he brought art into active relation with diverse spheres of society with the aim of inspiring and producing responsible social change. In 2003 he won the Venice Biennale’s Golden Lion for Lifelong Achievement. In 2004 the University of Turin awarded him a laurea honoris causa in Political Science. On that occasion the artist announced what has become the most recent phase of his work, Third Paradise.
In 2007, in Jerusalem, he received the Wolf Foundation Prize in the Arts, “for his constantly inventive career as an artist, educator and activist whose restless intelligence has created prescient forms of art that contribute to fresh understanding of the world.”
In 2010 he wrote the essay The Third Paradise, published in Italian, English, French and German. In 2012 he started promoting the Rebirth-day, first worldwide day of rebirth, celebrated every year on 21st December with initiatives taking place all around the world.
In 2013 the Louvre in Paris hosted his personal exhibition Michelangelo Pistoletto, année un – le paradis sur terre. In this same year he received the Praemium Imperiale for painting, in Tokyo.
In May 2015 he received a degree honoris causa from the Universidad de las Artes of Havana in Cuba. In the same year he realizes a work of big dimensions, called Rebirth, situated in the park of the Palais des Nations in Geneva, headquarters of the UN.
In 2017 the text written by Michelangelo Pistoletto Ominitheism and Demopraxy. Manifesto for a regeneration of society was published.
Between 2018 and 2020 the activity of the Third Paradise has further intensified, in particular through the development of an international network of Embassies and Forums. In these same years he has been particularly active in various South American countries, with personal exhibitions and a series of initiatives linked to the Third Paradise.

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Viaggio a Firenze nel segno del Terzo Paradiso

Presentazione del libro "Ominiteismo e Demopraxia. Per una rigenerazione della società" di Michelangelo Pistoletto

Michelangelo Pistoletto – Viaggio a Firenze nel segno del Terzo Paradiso a cura di MAD Murate Art District, Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze, Associazione Nottola di Minerva, Chiarelettere e Cittadellarte

 

A MAD Murate Art District un appuntamento con Manifesto per una rigenerazione della società: dialogo tra Michelangelo Pistoletto, Lorenzo Fazio, direttore editoriale di Chiarelettere, e Paolo Naldini, direttore di Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto.

Michelangelo Pistoletto ha presentato il 1 aprile 2019 il suo libro “Ominiteismo e Demopraxia. Per una rigenerazione della società” (Chiarelettere editore srl), un manuale per una trasformazione responsabile della società che apre una preziosa occasione di dialogo: esercitata da ognuno nelle piccole occupazioni del quotidiano, ed accolta come pratica di ogni piccola comunità, la demopraxia potrà ispirare relazioni più complesse all’interno della società civile e della dialettica tra artisti, cittadini,

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Michelangelo Pistoletto – Viaggio a Firenze nel segno del Terzo Paradiso a cura di MAD Murate Art District, Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze, Associazione Nottola di Minerva, Chiarelettere e Cittadellarte

 

A MAD Murate Art District un appuntamento con Manifesto per una rigenerazione della società: dialogo tra Michelangelo Pistoletto, Lorenzo Fazio, direttore editoriale di Chiarelettere, e Paolo Naldini, direttore di Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto.

Michelangelo Pistoletto ha presentato il 1 aprile 2019 il suo libro “Ominiteismo e Demopraxia. Per una rigenerazione della società” (Chiarelettere editore srl), un manuale per una trasformazione responsabile della società che apre una preziosa occasione di dialogo: esercitata da ognuno nelle piccole occupazioni del quotidiano, ed accolta come pratica di ogni piccola comunità, la demopraxia potrà ispirare relazioni più complesse all’interno della società civile e della dialettica tra artisti, cittadini, imprenditori, giovani in formazione.

La due giorni dedicata al grande artista internazionale è proseguita e si è conclusa martedì 2 aprile  2019 all’Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze, dove il maestro Pistoletto ha tenuto una lectio magistralis rivolta agli studenti e aperta anche al pubblico esterno. In seguito la presentazione del restauro dell’opera monumentale “Dietrofront”, a cura del restauratore Alberto Casciani e dei tecnici del CNR Cristiano Riminesi, Fabio Tarani e Rachele Manganelli Del Fa.

Un appuntamento presentato nell’ambito del Progetto Riva diretto da Valentina Gensini, e del programma triennale IDENTITIES Leggere il contemporaneo realizzato dall’Associazione Culturale La Nottola di Minerva in collaborazione con Mus.e, MAD Murate Art District per il Comune di Firenze.

Viaggio a Firenze nel segno del Terzo Paradiso

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Viaggio a Firenze nel segno del Terzo Paradiso

Presentazione del libro "Ominiteismo e Demopraxia. Per una rigenerazione della società" di Michelangelo Pistoletto

Viaggio a Firenze nel segno del Terzo Paradiso

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