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Michelangelo Pistoletto

Messanudo 2020, exhibition view Galleria Continua, San Gimignano. Photo: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Messanudo 2020, exhibition view Galleria Continua, San Gimignano. Photo: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Messanudo 2020, exhibition view Galleria Continua, San Gimignano. Photo: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Messa a nudo – N 2020, silkscreen on super mirror stainless steel, 250 x 150 cm, 98,42 x 59,05 in. Photo: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Messa a nudo – G 2020, silkscreen on super mirror stainless steel, 250 x 150 cm, 98,42 x 59,05 in. Photo: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Messa a nudo - I 2020, silkscreen on super mirror stainless steel, 250 x 150 cm, 98,42 x 59,05 in. Photo: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Grande sfera di giornali (Progetto per un museo) 1966-2019, macerated and pressed newspaper, Ø 340 cm. Photo: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

Michelangelo Pistoletto

L'etrusco 1976, bronze, 194 x 90 x 80 cm. Photo: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Le maschere - il Barocco 1969, photographs, 5 elements, 55,5 x 46 cm each. Photo: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Rotazione dei corpi 1989, photographic print on Plexiglas, wood, led lights, 70 x 137 x 137 cm. Photo: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

Michelangelo Pistoletto

L'albero 1983, rigid polyurethane and acrylic, 400 x 300 x 150 cm. Photo: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Il Rispetto (general view) 2016, mirror, colored wood and gilded frame, 250 x 150 cm  each. Photo: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Venere - persona - Gamma 2018, silkscreen on super mirror stainless steel, 200 x 125 cm. Photo: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Venere - persona - Beta 2018, silkscreen on super mirror stainless steel, 200 x 125 cm. Photo: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Lima - Vestizione n.2 2018, silkscreen on super mirror stainless steel, 170 x 125 cm. Photo: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Uno specchio rotto 2019, mirror and frames, variable dimension. Photo: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Rottura dello specchio – azione 3, 2017, silkscreen on super mirror stainless steel, 150 x 250 cm. Photo Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Ragazza che disegna lo spazio 2018, silkscreen on super mirror stainless steel, 250 x 150 cm. Photo Oak Taylor-Smith

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Bimbo che gioca 2018, silkscreen on super mirror stainless steel, 250 x 125 cm. Photo Oak Taylor-Smith

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Division and multiplication of white walls, 2018, 7 elements, 2 panels each, iron structure, plaster, mirror, 220 x 340 x 50 cm each. Photo Oak Taylor Smith

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Division and multiplication of white walls, 2018, 7 elements, 2 panels each, iron structure, plaster, mirror, 220 x 340 x 50 cm each. Photo Oak Taylor Smith

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Oltre lo specchio 2018, mirror, wooden frame and wooden hammer, 125 x 250 cm, with frame 145 x 270 cm. Photo Oak Taylor-Smith

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Oltre lo specchio 2018, mirror, wooden frame and wooden hammer, 125 x 250 cm, with frame 145 x 270 cm. Photo Oak Taylor-Smith

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Suspended Perimeter - Love Difference, 1975-2017, iron, mirrors, Ø 10 m, Photo Oak Taylor-Smith, Exhibition "One and One makes Three", Abbazia di San Giorgio Maggiore and Officina dell’Arte Spirituale, Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore, Venezia, 2017

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Suspended Perimeter - Love Difference, 1975-2017, iron, mirrors, Ø 10 m, Photo Oak Taylor-Smith, Exhibition "One and One makes Three", Abbazia di San Giorgio Maggiore and Officina dell’Arte Spirituale, Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore, Venezia, 2017

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Michelangelo Pistoletto, Il pittore, 1959, oil on canvas, 120 x 120 cm, Photo Ela Bialkowska

Michelangelo Pistoletto

exhibition view 'Prima dello specchio', GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano, 2015, Photo Ela Bialkowska

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Michelangelo Pistoletto, Il presente - Uomo di schiena, 1961, acrylic and paint on canvas, 200 x 150 cm, Photo Ela Bialkowska

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exhibition view 'Prima dello specchio', GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano, 2015, Photo Ela Bialkowska

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Il Tempo del Giudizio / The Time of Judgement, 2017, mirror, carpet, Buddha sculpture, kneeling-stool, site specific dimensions, Photo Oak Taylor-Smith, Exhibition "One and One makes Three", Abbazia di San Giorgio Maggiore and Officina dell’Arte Spirituale, Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore, Venezia, 2017

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Color and Light, 2017, juta, mirror, gilded wood, 5 elements: 180 x 120 cm each unique work, Photo Ela Bialkowska

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Color and Light, 2017, juta, mirror, gilded wood, 5 elements: 180 x 120 cm each unique work, Photo Ela Bialkowska

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Color and Light, 2017, juta, mirror, gilded wood, 5 elements: 180 x 120 cm each unique work, Photo Ela Bialkowska

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Color and Light, 2017, juta, mirror, gilded wood, 8 elements: 180 x 120 cm each, Photo Ela Bialkowska

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Color and Light, 2017, juta, mirror, gilded wood, 8 elements: 180 x 120 cm each, Photo Ela Bialkowska

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Color and Light, 2017, juta, mirror, gilded wood, 8 elements: 180 x 120 cm each, Photo Ela Bialkowska

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Vortice-dittico, 2017, black and silver mirror, gilded wood, diptych: 201 x 141 cm each, Photo Ela Bialkowska

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Il Rispetto, 2016, mirror, colored wood and gilded frame, 23 elementi: 250 x 150 cm each, Photo Philippe Servent, Exhibition: RESPECT - ART, EDUCATION & POLITICS, VNH Gallery, Paris 2016

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Il Rispetto, 2016, mirror, colored wood and gilded frame, 250 x 150 cm, Photo Philippe Servent, Exhibition: RESPECT - ART, EDUCATION & POLITICS, VNH Gallery, Paris 2016

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Il Rispetto, 2016, mirror, colored wood and gilded frame, 23 elementi: 250 x 150 cm each, Photo Philippe Servent, Exhibition: RESPECT - ART, EDUCATION & POLITICS, VNH Gallery, Paris 2016

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Michelangelo Pistoletto, Questo spazio non esiste, 1976,  mirror, vinyl adhesive letters, site specific dimensions, Artwork n°70 from the yellow book ‘Cento mostre nel mese di ottobre’, Turin 1976, Photo Ela Bialkowska

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Michelangelo Pistoletto, Senza Titolo 87, 1976, foil site, specific dimensions, Artwork n°87 from the yellow book ‘Cento mostre nel mese di ottobre’, Turin 1976, Photo Nicolas Giraud

Michelangelo Pistoletto

exhibition view 'Prima dello specchio', GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano, 2015, Photo Ela Bialkowska

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Automobile gialla, 2015, silkscreen on super mirror stainless steel, 250 x 150 cm, Photo Ela Bialkowska

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Donna e uomo per strada, 2015, silkscreen on super mirror stainless steel, diptych: 250 x 125 cm each, Photo Paola Martinez Fiterre

Michelangelo Pistoletto

La Habana, persone in attesa, 2015, silkscreen on super mirror stainless steel, 250 x 500 cm, Photo Ela Bialkowska

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Terzo Paradiso: Cuba, Havana - December 16, 2014, 2014, performance in collaboration with Kcho and Laura Salas Redondo, Photo Paola Martinez Fiterre & Alejandro Mesa Crespo

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Obelisco e Terzo Paradiso, 1976-2013, wood, metal, mirror, polystyrene, fabric, Obelisk: 1200 x 250 x 250 cm, Terzo Paradiso: 1300 x 500 cm, Photo Aurélien Mole, Exhibition: "Year 1: Earthly Paradise", Louvre, Paris, 2013

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Terzo Paradiso, 2003-2013, 346 cymbals, lids, 120 x 640 x 1120 cm (approx), Photo Ela Bialkowska

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Terzo Paradiso, 2003-2013, 346 cymbals, lids, 120 x 640 x 1120 cm (approx), Photo Pierluigi Di Pietro, Performance in La Habana, Cuba, 2015

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Vortice-pentittico (Vortex-quintiptyque), 2010-2013, black and silver mirror, gilded wood, 5 elements: 201 x 141 cm each, Photo Aurélien Mole, Exhibition: "Year 1: Earthly Paradise", Louvre, Paris, 2013

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Vortice-pentittico (Vortex-quintiptyque), 2010-2013, black and silver mirror, gilded wood, 5 elements: 201 x 141 cm each, Photo Ela Bialkowska

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Metamorfosi, 1976-2016, mirror, rags, site specific dimensions, Photo Alicia Luxem

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Metamorfosi, 1976-2016, mirror, rags, site specific dimensions, Photo Lorenzo Fiaschi

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Labirinto e Grande Pozzo, 1969-2017, corrugated cardboard, mirror, space dimensions, Photo Ela Bialkowska, Exhibition Sphères 2009, Galleria Continua / Le Moulin

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Labirinto e Grande Pozzo, 1969-2017, corrugated cardboard, mirror, space dimensions, Photo Ela Bialkowska, exhibition: Art Basel, Unlimited 2010

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Labirinto e Grande Pozzo, 1969-2017, corrugated cardboard, mirror, space dimensions, Photo Ela Bialkowska, exhibition: Art Basel, Unlimited 2010

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Mirror Cage - Double Square, 1975-2007, mirror, iron, 5 elements: 100 x 100 x 20,5 cm each, Photo  Oak Taylor-Smith

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Mirror Cage - Double Square, 1975-2007, mirror, iron, 5 elements: 100 x 100 x 20,5 cm each, Photo Oak Taylor-Smith

Michelangelo Pistoletto

The Apple of Concord, 2007, Plexiglass, 290 x 326 x 2 cm, Photo Musthafa Aboobaker

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Love Difference, 2002
aerlex paint on polished steel
102 x 183 x 2,1 cm, Photo Ela Bialkowska

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Love Difference, 2002, aerlex paint on polished steel, 102 x 183 x 2,1 cm, Photo Ela Bialkowska

Michelangelo Pistoletto: a prolific and influential figure in contemporary art

Michelangelo Pistoletto, one of the most prolific and influential contemporary Italian artists, was born in 1933 in Biella, Italy. His father was also an artist and Pistoletto learnt from him, working by his side from the age of 14. At 18 years old, he enrolled in Armando Testa’s advertising school. Both of these educative experiences were fundamental in educating Pistoletto in Art History, drawing, colour and painting. He started exhibiting his work in 1955. In 1960, he had his first solo show at the Galleria Galatea in Turin. A study into the self-portrait exemplifies his works from the beginning of his career. They often had a monotone background with a figure as the main subject. In 1960-61, the background of these portraits were covered with grounds of metallic paint before he eventually replaced the canvas with polished steel. This would then go on to develop into the Mirror Paintings which he began making in 1961 – 1962. These works were revolutionary for their ability to open up perspective, directly placing the viewer and their surroundings into the work. These Mirror Paintings became the establishing force of Pistoletto’s artistic production as well as his academic theory and thought. In 1965 and 1966 the works, “Minus Objects”, were classed as essential to the beginnings of Arte Povera, a world-famous art movement of which Pistoletto was a leading purveyor. In the late 1960s, he became known for working outside customary exhibition spaces, inviting other artists from different disciplines to join in. In the 1970s, a cycle of twelve consecutive exhibitions, “Le Stanze”, at the Stein Gallery in Turn took place and in 1978, in a show in Turin, Pistoletto outlined two key directions of his forthcoming works; Division and Multiplication of the Mirror and Art Takes On Religion. Throughout the rest of the twentieth century, Pistoletto continued to experiment. He experimented with sculpture, the mirror, theatre and performance, while collaterally exploring and developing the theoretics that such bodies of works inspired in him. In the 1990s, the Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto was founded in Biella, Italy. “Third Paradise” was announced in 2004 as a new phase to his work and ten years later, in 2014, the symbol of the Third Paradise was installed in the headquarters of the European Union Council in Brussels. The Cittadellarte foundation and the global network of embassies, forums and partners give form to the Third Paradise by inciting widespread and noticeable social change. His work has been included in major international exhibitions including Documenta 4, 7, 9, and 11 in Kassel (1968, 1982, 1992, and 1997) and the Venice Biennale (1966, 1976, 1978, 1984, 1986, 1993, 1995, 2003, 2005 and 2017). As well as exhibiting in some of the most important museums in the world like Louvre (Paris), MoMA (New York) and Tate (London), amongst many others. In 2016, he had his first solo show in Cuba. In 2018, he toured South America bringing two major exhibitions in Lima and Santiago de Chile. In 2019, Bienal Sur hosted “Circuito Pistoletto”, a section of the Biennial dedicated to the artist. In 2020, he unveiled some new Mirror Paintings, conceived just before the international pandemic, that he then went on to exhibit at Galleria Continua, San Gimignano until 2021.

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