Alighiero Boetti  (Italian, 1940-1994) 

Alighiero Boetti (Italian, 1940–1994) was a Conceptual artist, often associated with the Arte Povera movement and best known for his series of embroidered maps. Born in Turin, Italy, Boetti left business school to become an artist, producing a wide variety of works that embraced unusual materials and processes. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Boetti travelled extensively in the Middle East, creating a body of work rooted in his interest in the textile arts of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Many of these works addressed a variety of poetic and playful themes, based on folkloric anecdotes he came across in his travels. Boetti often designed textiles to be embroidered in artisan workshops, resulting in a body of work that cut across national borders, embracing traditional art forms rooted in tradition, collaboration, and ritualistic meanings of creation. From 1987 until his death, Boetti was completely absorbed in the creation of his largest and most complex tapestry, Tutto, which was created to represent the cultural diversity of the world. Although he died in 1994 before its completion, Boetti’s work continues to be written about and studied as an important paradigm of the newly international approach of contemporary artists.

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Alighiero Boetti, Probing the Mysteries of a Double Life


Alighiero Boetti
Probing the Mysteries of a Double Life

Auction: Apr 28, 2014
Phillips New York
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Alighiero Boetti, Piegare e Spiegare


Alighiero Boetti
Piegare e Spiegare

Auction: Apr 23, 2014
Fine Art Auctions Miami
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Alighiero Boetti, Aerei


Alighiero Boetti

De Primi Fine Art SA
Alighiero Boetti, Concentrarsi su se stessi o disperdersi


Alighiero Boetti
Concentrarsi su se stessi o disperdersi

Cardi Gallery
Alighiero Boetti, Small works


Alighiero Boetti
Small works

Cardi Gallery
Alighiero Boetti, Niente da vedere niente de nascondere


Alighiero Boetti
Niente da vedere niente de nascondere

Mayoral Galeria d’Art
Alighiero Boetti, Tavole Pitagoriche - Finlandese Orizzontale


Alighiero Boetti
Tavole Pitagoriche - Finlandese Orizzontale

Ben Brown Fine Arts
Alighiero Boetti, Senza Titolo


Alighiero Boetti
Senza Titolo

Ben Brown Fine Arts
Alighiero Boetti, Senza Titolo


Alighiero Boetti
Senza Titolo

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Alighiero Boetti, Il silenzio è d'oro


Alighiero Boetti
Il silenzio è d'oro, 1988


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Alighiero Boetti, Probing the Mysteries of a Double Life


Alighiero Boetti
Probing the Mysteries of a Double Life, 1990
collotype w/ handcoloring in red acrylic


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Alighiero Boetti, Un pozzo senza fine


Alighiero Boetti
Un pozzo senza fine, 1991


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1940   Born December 16 in Turin, Italy
1967   Joined the Arte Povera movement in January
1971   discovered Afghanistan and in Kabul had started an artistic collaboration with women embroiderers, creating tapestries such as his political Maps which would evolve according to the world’s political mutations
1972   moved to Rome, where he discovered the pleasure of light and colours, far from the austerity of Turin
1994   Died in Rome, Italy
2012   Alighiero Boetti: Game Plan, Tate Modern, London (solo)
2012   Alighiero Boetti: Game Plan, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (solo)
2012   Alighiero Boetti: Tutto, Galerie Andrea Caratsch, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
2010   Alighiero e Boetti: Insicuro Noncurante, Sprüth Magers, Berlin (solo)
2010   Alighiero e Boetti: Insicuro Noncurante, Sprüth Magers Berlin
2009   Mappe, Galerie di Meo, Paris
2009   Orientamento, Galleria Cardi, Pietrasanta, Italy
2009   Alighiero e Boetti: Mappa, Gladstone Gallery, New York (solo)
2009   Alighiero e Boetti, Museo di Arte Contemporanea Donna Regina, Naples (solo)
2008   Order and Disorder, Museum Ritter-Sammlung Marli Hoppe-Ritter, Waldenbuch (solo)
2008   Eurasia: Dissolvenze geografiche dell’arte, Museo di Art Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Roverto,” Rovereto, Italy
2008   Red Sky, Luhring Augustine, New York
2007   Après la pluie, Musée départmental d'art contemporain, Rochechouart, France
2007   Italian Visions: 40 Years of Art, Vivian Horan Fine Art, New York, New York
2007   Volare, Corsoveneziaotto Arte Contemporanea, Milan
2007   Arte Povera, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Liechtenstein
2007   Numerica, Palazzo delle Papesse Centro Arte Contemporanea, Italy
2007   Music to my Eyes, esso gallery, New York
2007   Edward Tyler Nahem, New York
2007   Alighiero e Boetti, Gladstone Gallery, New York (solo)
2006   Alighiero e Boetti: Insicuro Noncurante, La Case D’Arte, Milan (solo)
2006   Im Anfang war das Wort, Langenscheidt KG, Munich, Germany
2006   Wrestle, CCS Bard/Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
2006   Italian Modernism: Balla to Boetti, Barbara Mathes Gallery, New York
2006   Cieli Ad Alta Quota, Galerie Andrea Caratsch, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
2006   Il Buco, Pio Monti, Rome, Italy
2006   Alighiero Boetti: Un Pozzo Senza Fine, Embroideries, Ben Brown Fine Arts, London (solo)
2005   Looking at Words, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York
2005   Open Systems: Rethinking Art c.1970, Tate Modern, June 1- September 18, 2005, London
2005   Ordering the Ordinary, Timothy Taylor Gallery, July 14- August 31, 2005, London
2005   Arte Povera, Galerie Di Meo, May 20-July 16, 2005, Paris
2004   Alighiero e Boetti, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York (solo)
2003   Alighiero e Boetti. Ordere et désordre du monde ouvres 1967-1990, Frac Bourgogne (solo)
2002   Alighiero Boetti. Villa Paleotti Isolani, Minerbio, Bologna (solo)
2002   Alighiero Boetti, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (solo)
2002   Alighiero Boetti. Works 1966/1988, Monika Spruth – Philomene Magers, Munich (solo)
2002   Simmetria Asimmetria. Sperone Westwater, New York (solo)
2002   Alighiero e Boetti. The Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago (solo)
2002   20 years Galerie Steinek, Vienna (group)
2001   Alighiero e Boetti. Galerie Guy Bärtschi, Geneva (solo)
2001   Alighiero Boetti. Niente da vedere niente da nascondere. XLIX Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte, La Biennale di Venezia, Padiglione Venezia, Venice (solo)
2001   Multipli 1967-2001: Multiples, Editions and Books by the Arte Povera Artists. Esso Gallery, New York
2001   Zero to Infinity: Arte Povera 1962-1972. Tate Modern, London, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
2001   In Between. Crestet Centre d’Art, Vaison La Romaine, France
2001   Green on Greene. Sperone Westwater, New York
2000   Open Ends. The Museum of Modern Art, New York
2000   Le temps vite! Centre Georges Pompidou, Musee National d’Art Moderne, Paris
2000   Minimalia: An Italian Vison in 20th Century Art. PS 1 Contemporary Art Center, New York
1999   Walker Art Center Minneapolis, MN
1998   Alighiero Boetti: Mettere al mondo il mondo, Museum für Moderne Kunst&Jahrhunderthalle Hoechst Frankfurt am Main
1998   Alighiero Boetti, Lindig in Paludetto zeitgenössische Kunst Nürnberg
1997   Alighiero Boetti, Galerie Steinek, Vienna (solo)
1996 - 1997   Alighiero Boetti, Galleria Civica d'arte Moderna e Contemporanea Turin, Italy (& other cities)
1995   Simply red, Galerie Steinek, Vienna
1994   Sommercocktail, Galerie Steinek, Vienna
1993   Alternating 1 to 100 and Vice Versa, The Museum of Contemp Art (& other locations) Los Angeles, CA
1991   Alighiero Boetti, Galerie Steinek, Vienna (solo)
1990   Sommerausstellung, Galerie Steinek, Vienna
1990   XLIV Biennale di Venezia, Venice
1989   Arazzi, Galerie Steinek, Vienna (solo)
1988   Works on paper, Galerie Steinek, Vienna (solo)
1985   Pinacoteca Comunale Ravenna Ravenna (retrospective exhibition)
1981   Galleria Banco/Massimo Minini Brescia, Italy
1980   La Natura una Faccenda ottusa, Galleria Massimo Minini
1978   Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland
1976   Galleria Banco/Massimo Minini Brescia, Italy
2005    Niente Tutto, exhibition catalogue, Kunstmuseum Lichtenstein, essay by Kristin Schmidt and Cordula von Keller, 2005
2005    “L’art du Xxe Siecle: De l’art Moderne a l’art Contemporian 1939- 2002”, Citadelles and Mazenod, Paris
2001    Boetti, Annemarie Sauzeau, Alighiero e Boetti, “Shaman-Showman”, Umberto Allemandi & C., 2001.
2001    "Green on Greene," Sperone Westwater, New York (
2000    Le Temps, vite, Exhibition catalogue by Jean-Pierre Criqui, Musée national d'art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, (Editions du Centre Pompidou, 2000)
2000    da Warhol al 2000, Palazzo Cavour, Regione Piemonte, exhibition catalogue, 2000, p. 64.
2000    Gian Enzo Sperone; Torino, Roma, New York; 35 Anni di Mostra tra Europa e America, 2000, pp. 52, 136-137, 145, 166, 200, 255.
2000    Pugliese, Marina, Le Tecniche e I Materiali Nell'Arte Contemporanea, Arti della Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Rome, 2000.
1999    Allianz & Kunst, catalogue of the collection of Bayerische Versicherungsbank AG, Allianz Versicherungs-AG, with forewords by Dr. Michael Albert and Harald Szeemann, Anderland Verlag, München, 1999.
1998    Change of Scene XIII, exhibition brochure by Jean-Christophe Ammann, Frankfurt: Museum für Moderne Kunst, 1998).