Piero Manzoni

(Italian, 1933–1963)

achrome by piero manzoni

Piero Manzoni

Achrome, 1962

Biography

Timeline

1933
Born in Soncino, Italy
1950 - 1954
Focused on conventional landscapes and portraits
1951 - 1955
Turned to making works with impressions left by keys, scissors, etc., which had been dipped in tar
1951
Enrolled at the Accademia di Brera to study law, Milan, Italy
1953
Began private lessons in painting
1954
Changed studies at Acadamia di Brera from law to art and philosophy at first in Rome and later in Milan, but drops out
Began experimenting with oils, plaster of Paris and enamel
1957
Manzoni and Fontana joined the group Gruppo Nucleare
With the influence of Yves Klein, Manzoni began to make white paintings which he called Achromes
First one-man exhibition in the foyer of the Teatro delle Maschere, Milan, Italy

Exhibitions

2011
Manzoni: Azimut, Gagosian, London, UK
2009
Piero Manzoni: A Retrospective, Gagosian, New York, USA
2007
L’immagine del vuoto, Museo Cantonale d’Arte, Lugano, Italy
Piero Manzoni e Albisola, Palazzo Reale, Milano, Italy
2006
La Scultura Italiana del XX secolo, Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro, Milano, Italy
Zero, Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf, Germany
Il modo Italiano, The Montreal Museum of fine Arts, Montreal, Canada
2005
Beyond Painting, Tate Modern, London, UK
When humor becomes painful, Migros Museum, Zurich, Switzerland
2004
Beyond Geometry: Experiments in Form, LACMA, Los Angeles, USA