Michelangelo Pistoletto, one of the most established and internationally recognized Italian artists, among the founders of the Arte Povera movement, will be the guest of Palazzo Collicola on Friday 27 September at 17.30, in a dialogue on his conception of art and human relations with the art critic Alberto Fiz, curator of the recent Padre e Figlio. Ettore Pistoletto Olivero and Michelangelo Pistoletto exhibition, and Marco Tonelli, director of Palazzo Collicola and of the “G. Carandente” Modern Art Gallery.
Pistoletto is a universal artist who has broadened the concept of style and works well beyond the limits of shapes and materials; he never forgot the origins of his education, when he learned the rudiments of painting at his father’s painter.
Reversing and overturning the relationship between father and son, teacher and pupil, and making his own works the bearers of the artist’s own paternity, Pistoletto will put himself in front of the public, being the mirror the very symbol of his idea of being present, of fixing the moment, of including the environment, of relating with the others and with oneself.
Ancient history and modern art coexist at Palazzo Collicola, and offer interesting opportunities of mutual exchanges, as evidenced by the two exhibitions by Bruno Ceccobelli and Loris Cecchini at the Appartamento Nobile, which can be visited until 27 October, and the new layout of the Modern Art Gallery. Here Pistoletto will reflect with his presence on the very meaning of what it means to be aware of the past, preserve memory and constantly look to the future.
To further testify to this, the film Autoritratto attraverso mio padre will be screened, directed by Chiara Battistini and produced in 2019 by the Cassa di Risparmio di Biella Foundation, Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto and Fondazione Zegna. The 30-minute video document sees the participation of Michelangelo Pistoletto, Alberto Fiz and Anna Zegna.
Michelangelo Pistoletto was born in Biella in 1933. His artistic training took place in the studio of his father, painter and restorer, where he started working whn he was 14 yo. Later he attended the graphic advertising school directed by Armando Testa. In 1955 he began to exhibit the results of research on the self-portrait that characterizes his first pictorial production during the second half of the 1950s. In 1962 he created the Mirror Paintings which directly included the presence of the spectator and the real dimension of time in the work, exhibited for the first time in March 1963. In 1964 he exhibited the Plexiglass and between 1965 and 1966 he realized the “Oggetti in meno”, considered basic for the birth of Arte Povera. In 1978 he presented two fundamental directions of his research: Division and multiplication of the mirror and Art assumed religion. In 1981 he exhibited a first group of sculptural production in rigid polyurethane that he will produce during the first half of the 1980s. In 1991 he was Professor of sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, a position he held until 2000. In 1998, Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto was inaugurated, located in a former textile factory. In 2003 he was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale. In 2004 he announced the birth of the Third Paradise, whose symbol is a reconfiguration of the mathematical sign of infinity, conceived by the artist in 2003. In 2015, in the park of the Palace of Nations in Geneva, headquarters of the United Nations Organization, he created Rebirth, consisting of a large symbol of the Third Paradise made up of 193 stones, one for each UN member country. Michelangelo Pistoletto is featured in the collections of the main national and international museums. He has participated in twelve editions of the Venice Biennale and four in the Kassel Documenta.