Michelangelo Pistoletto  (Italian, 1933) 

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Michelangelo Pistoletto (Italian, b.1933) is a painter, sculptor, and Conceptual artist. Born in Biella, Italy, Pistoletto began exhibiting his work in 1955, and in 1960 the Galleria Galatea in Turin presented his first solo exhibition. During the early years of his career, Pistoletto experimented frequently with self-portraiture. He gained international attention and praise in the early 1960s with the first of his Mirror Paintings, created in 1961 and 1962, which changed the traditional style of artistic perspective by reflecting the viewer as part of the image. Just a few years later, Pistoletto created a series of sculptural works called Minus Objects (1965–1966). Made from inexpensive materials, these works are a liberating, almost rebellious expression against the commodification of art. They explore the reciprocative relationship between objects and art, and contributed significantly to the emergence of the Arte Povera movement. In the late 1960s, Pistoletto instituted The Zoo, a workshop accessible to artists and the public that focused on performance and collaboration. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, he began making sculptural works using polyurethane and marble, and presented performance pieces in Atlanta, GA and San Francisco, CA. In 1998, Pistoletto founded Cittadellarte: Fondazione Pistoletto, a center for the study and advancement of creativity. Pistoletto’s art has been displayed at Palazzo Grassi in Venice, Italy, the Palacio de Cristal in Madrid, Spain, the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna in Rome, Italy, the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Spain, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, among other institutions. He was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 2003 Venice Biennale. Pistoletto currently works and lives in Biella and Turin.

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Michelangelo Pistoletto, Il bagno turco

 

Michelangelo Pistoletto
Il bagno turco
1962-1971

De Primi Fine Art SA
Michelangelo Pistoletto, Uscita operai

 

Michelangelo Pistoletto
Uscita operai
2007

Cardi Gallery
Michelangelo Pistoletto, Donna nuda con girasoli

 

Michelangelo Pistoletto
Donna nuda con girasoli
1974

Cardi Gallery
Michelangelo Pistoletto, Tre uomini

 

Michelangelo Pistoletto
Tre uomini
2007

Cardi Gallery
Michelangelo Pistoletto, Arlecchino

 

Michelangelo Pistoletto
Arlecchino
1981

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Michelangelo Pistoletto, Cappio

 

Michelangelo Pistoletto
Cappio
1962-2009

Galleria Lia Rumma
Michelangelo Pistoletto, Specchio

 

Michelangelo Pistoletto
Specchio
1962-1976

De Primi Fine Art SA
Michelangelo Pistoletto, Untitled (Pozzi) (Installation view)

 

Michelangelo Pistoletto
Untitled (Pozzi) (Installation view)
1976-1990

Galerie Tanit
Michelangelo Pistoletto, Maria a colori

 

Michelangelo Pistoletto
Maria a colori
1962-1993

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Michelangelo Pistoletto, Cartella B (portfolio of 4 works)

 

Michelangelo Pistoletto
Cartella B (portfolio of 4 works), 1983
color screenprints on polished aluminum foil

 

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Michelangelo Pistoletto, S P

 

Michelangelo Pistoletto
S P, 2009
silkscreen on steel

 

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Michelangelo Pistoletto, Cappio

 

Michelangelo Pistoletto
Cappio, 1973
mirror silkscreen on polycarbonate

 

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1933   Born: Biella, Italy
1960   First solo show at Galleria Galatea in Turin, Italy
1961 - 1962   Made the first Mirror Paintings
1965 - 1966   Produced a set of works entitled Minus Objects, considered fundamental to the birth of Arte Povera
1967   Began to work outside traditional exhibition spaces
1978   Defined two main directions his future artwork would take: Division and Multiplication of the Mirror and Art Takes On Religion
2003   Won the Venice Biennale’s Golden Lion for Lifelong Achievement
2007   Received the Wolf Foundation Prize in the Arts, Jerusalem
  Lives and works in Torino, Italy
2011   Ileana Sonnabend: An Italian Portrait, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, Venice, Italy
2011   Gran Torino: Italian Contemporary Art, Frost Art Museum, Miami, US
2011   16 artisti per TVS, Bologna Fiere, Italy
2011   Mappa Mundi, Berardo Museum, Lisbon, Portugal
2011   Passagi: Dalla collezione private di Ernesto Esposito, Belvedere di San Leuco, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Caserta, Italy
2011   Contemporaneamente5, Galleria Brera, Corbetta, Italy
2011   Collezione Christian Stein: Una storia dell’arte italiana, Museo Cantonale d’Arte, Lugano, Italy
2011   Donne d’Italia: La meta dell’unita, Palazzo Blu, Pisa, Italy
2011   La classe non e acqua. Maestri contemporanei VS giovani d’oggi, Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo, Italy
2011   Regioni e testimonianze d’Italia. Percorso dell’Arte in Italia attraverso le sue regioni, Complesso del Vittoriano, Rome,Italy
2011   Heroes, Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna, Turin, Italy
2011   The Sculpture Show, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, UK
2011   Haas, Nunzio, Pistoletto, Pommeureulle, Reimondo, Tirelli, Zorio, Galerie Di Meo, Paris, France
2011   Achtung! Achtung!, Spazio ex-GIL, Rome,Italy
2011   Artist’s box: il luogo dell’anima, Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Open Space, Catanzaro, Italy
2011   Campagni di viaggio, Mestna Galeerija, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2011   Il giardino segreto, ex-Monastero di Santa Scolastica, Bari, Italy
2011   Lavoro, Simon Lee Gallery, London, UK (solo)
2011   Cittadellarte, MAXXI, Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Rome, Italy (solo)
2011   Michelangelo Pistoletto, The Mirror of Judgement, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK (solo)
2011   Michelangelo Pistoletto: From One to Many, 1956-1974, curated by Carlos Basualdo, MAXXI Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Rome, Italy (solo)
2010   Michelangelo Pistoletto-Buco Nero, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy (solo)
2010   Michelangelo Pistoletto: From One to Many, 1956-1974, Philadelphia Museum of Art together with the Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo (MAXXI) in Rome, Philadelphia. (solo)
2010   Pistoletto: My Art in My Art, Galleria Christian Stein, Milan, Italy (solo)
2010   Michelangelo Pistoletto: Mirror Paintings, Galerie Mezzanin, Vienna, Austria (solo)
2010   Diego Paccagnella – Michelangelo Pistoletto: Calcetto Love Difference, Appartemento Lago, Milan, Italy (solo)
2010   Michelangelo Pistoletto: Stracci d’Italia,Castello di Salemi, Salemi, Italy (solo)
2010   Luogo multiconfessionale e laico, MACRO Future, Rome, Italy (solo)
2010   Alta Roma Valentino, Palazzo Mignanell - Maison Valentino, Rome, Italy (solo)
2010   Michelangelo Pistoletto: Il DNA del Terzo Paradiso, MARCA, Parco Archeologico di Scolacium, Catanzaro, Italy (solo)
2010   Suoni dello Spazio Architettonico, Arsenale, Venice ,Italy (solo)
2010   Michelangelo Pistoletto – Love Difference: Arte e calcio per la pace nel mondo, Stadio Olimpico, Rome (solo)
2010   Michelangelo Pistoletto-Buco Nero, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy (solo)
2010   Michelangelo Pistoletto: Grande Cubo specchiante. Luogo di riflessione e meditazione, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy (solo)
2009   Stutter, Tate Modern, London, UK
2009   Weltanschauung Visione Del Mondo, Art Forum Würth Capena, Capena
2009   Incontri d'Aria, Galleria Oredaria Arti Contemporanee, Rome
2009   Hommage a Picasso,Villa Manin. Centro d'arte contemporanea, Codroipo
2009   The Irreverent Object - Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York City, NY
Italics: Italian Art between Tradition and Revolution 1968–2008 - Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago - MCA Chicago, Chicago, IL
53nd International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale / Biennale di Venezia - La Biennale di Venezia, Venice
2009   Rebuilding With Art, Fondazione Pierluigi e Natalina Remotti, Camogli (solo)
2009   1988: VENT‟ANNI PRIMA VENT‟ANNI DOPO, Centro per l‟Art Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato (solo)
2009   Viaggio in Italia – Italienische Kunst 1960-1990, Neue Galerie Graz am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz (solo)
2009   Michelangelo Pistoletto: Il Tempo del Giudizio, Galleriacontinua, San Gimignano, Italy (solo)
2008   Ettore e Michelangelo, I Coetanei, Galleria Giorgio Persano, Turin, Italy (solo)
2008   Michelangelo Pistoletto, Galleria Continua, Beijing (solo)
2008   Selections from the collection of Helga and Walther Lauffs - Zwirner & Wirth, New York City, NY (solo)
Not So Subtle Subtitle - Casey Kaplan Gallery, New York City, NY (solo)
Italics. Arte Italiana fra Tradizione e Rivoluzione, 1968-2008 - Palazzo Grassi - Francois Pinault Foundation, Venice (solo)
2007   Michelangelo Pistoletto, MAMAC-Musée d'Art Moderne et Art Contemporain, NIce, France (solo)
2007   Suono e forma. Il Terzo paradiso, (with Gianna Nannini), BunKerart, Milan, Italy (solo)
2007   Michelangelo Pistoletto-Amare-Salvagente, Cat., textes : B. Cora, Fabio Tiboni Arte Contemporanea, Bologna, Italy (solo)
2007   Simon Lee Gallery, London, UK (solo)
2007   Musse d‟Art Moderne et Contemporain de Nice, Nice, France (solo)
2006   Ferrari Presentation, Ferrari HQ, Maranello, Italy. Cat. Pistoletto textes : M. Pistoletto, L. Cordero di Montezemolo, J.Todt, M. Schumacher, N.Setari ed. Artestampa, Modena, Italy (solo)
2006   Michelangelo Pistoletto. Multipli su acciaio e disegni, Gian Piero Menziani Arte Contemporanea, Galliata, Italy (solo)
2006   Galerie of Marseille, Marseille, France (solo)
2006   AMARE, Galleria Fabjbasaglia, Rimini, Italy (solo)
2006   Pistoletto. La giuria, Christian Stein, Milano, Italy (solo)
2005   Michelangelo Pistoletto. Lo specchio parlante, RAM-Radioartemobile, Roma, Italy (solo)
2004   Reflection Part 1: Michelangelo Pistoletto/Franz West, Sutton Lane, London, UK
2003   Michelangelo Pistoletto. Superfici Specchianti 1962-2000, Galleria Il Ponte, Florence, Italy (solo)
2001   Pistoletto, Galleria Marchetti, Roma, Italy (solo)
2000   Michelangelo Pistoletto, MACBA- Museu d'art Contemporani de Barcelona, Spain, (solo)
1999   Michelangelo Pistoletto. Shifting Perspective, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, UK, (solo)
1998   Michelangelo Pistoletto. Segno Arte Unlimited, Xavier Hufkens, Bruxelles, Belgium (solo)
1996   Michelangelo Pistoletto. C‘è Dio? Sì ci sono, Trinitatiskirche, Koln, Germany (solo)
  Berardo Museum – Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art, Lisbon, Portugal
  Museu d‟Art Contemporani de Barcelona – MACBA, Barcelona, Spain
  Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Soffia MNCARS, Madrid, Spain
  Tate Britain, London, UK
  Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA, US
  The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX, US
  Solomon R.Guggenheim Museum, New York City, NY, US
  San Francisco Museum of Modern Art – SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA, US
  MACCSI Museo Arte Contemporaneo de Caracas Sofia Imber, Caracas, Venezuela
  Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy
  Zerynthia, Rome, Italy
  MART – Museum d‟Art Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto, Italy
  Trevi Flash Art Museum of Contemporary Art, Trevi, Italy
  Museo d‟Arte Contemporanea Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy
  Galleria Civica d‟Arte Moderna e Contemporanea –GAM, Turin, Italy
  Ca‟la Ghironda – Museo d‟Arte Classica, Moderna e Contemporarea, Zola Predosa, Italy
  Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota Aichi, Japan
  Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Valduz, Lichtenstein
  Stedelijk Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, Netherlands
  Les Abattoirs de Toulouse, Toulouse, France
  FRAC – Rhone-Alpes, IAC – Institute d‟Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne, France
  K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein –Westfalen – im Standehause, Dusseldorf, Germany
  Stadtische Galerie Erlangen, Erlangen, Germany
  Sammlung Goetz, Munich, Germany
  Stadtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus & Kunstbau, Munich, Germany
  Stadtisches Museum Abteiberg, Monchengladbach, Germany
  MUSEION – Museum fur Moderne und Zeitgenossische Kunst, Bolzano, Italy
  Terrae Motus, Caserta, Italy
  Museum d‟Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, Italy
  Neue Galerie Graz am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria
  Sammlung Essl – Kunsthaus, Klosterneuburg, Austria
  MuHKA Museum Voor Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium
  SMAK Stedelijk Museum Voor Actuele Kunst, Gent, Belgium
  Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
  National Gallery/Narodni Galerie – Veletrzni Palac, Prague, Czech Republic
  Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum, Aalborg, Denmark
  FRAC – Nord-Pas de Calais, Dunkerque, France
  MAC Musee d‟Art Contemporain, Marseille, France
  Gallerieofmarseille, Marseille, France
2000    Nike Bätzner: Arte povera. Zwischen Erinnerung und Ereignis: Giulio Paolini, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Jannis Kounellis. Verlag für moderne Kunst, Nuremberg, 2000
1996    H. Friedel, M. Pistoletto, Memoria-Intelligentia-Previdenzia, Lenbachhaus Cantz Verlag, Munchen 1996