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Michelangelo Pistoletto (born in Biella in 1933) is an italian artist who lives and works in Biella, where he founded in the early 90s Cittadellarte- Fondazione Pistoletto; he is one of the central figures within the Arte Povera’s  movement. An inquiry into self-portraiture characterizes his early work. In the work  created in 1958 there is a search to free the void that lies behind the figure, almost making it animated and at the center of the painting. Starting from 1961 he created the first mirror paintings. From 1985 until the end of the 1980s, the artist created the series of "dark" volumes called the Art of Squalor, Black Canvas created in 1985 explores 'dark' reflections and the contrasts between light and emptiness.


Some of the past exhibitions

  • (2018) Museo Bellas Artes, La Habana

  • (2016) Musée du Louvre, Paris

  • (2013) Louvre ,Paris

  • (2010) MARCA, Catanzaro

  • (2010) Philadelphia Museum of Art Philadelphia

  • (2009) Tate Modern, London

  • (1994) National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul

  • (1997) Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato


Permanently collected by: 

  • Macba, Barcelona 

  • Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique,Bruxelles

  • Stedelijk van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven 

  • Galleria degli Uffizi, Firenze 

  • Tate Modern, London 

  • LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art , LA

  • Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid

  • Museo del Novecento, Milano

  • Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

  • MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art, NY

  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum,NY

  • Centre Georges Pompidou- Paris 

  • Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Castello di Rivoli, Torino

  • MAXXI - Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo,Roma

 "Panni Appesi", "1981" ,120 x 100 cm

Silkscreen / polished stainless steel, Edition /60


 "Gabbia", 1970, 100 x 70 cm

Serigraph / acier, Edition / 450

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