Born in Biella (IT), lives in Biella (IT).
Michelangelo Pistoletto is associated with Arte Povera. In the 1960s, he defines a new kind of monumentality by combining rags and 'worthless' materials with forms from classical antiquity. From 1962 on, he starts using mirrors and gold, silver or copper as a reflective background for cut-out photographs of life-size human figures. These superpositions fuse past and present into a single image, putting the very idea of representation to the test, whereas the division and multiplication of reflections express Pistoletto's vision on the continued development of the universe as a reflective process. In recent years, the mirrors are often shown without the extra layer of figuration, and sometimes they are intentionally broken. Pistoletto has created an oeuvre that is well known for its formal complexity, as well as for its social ambition.
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Michelangelo Pistoletto, Intermediterraneo, 2002. Multiple, mirror, 25 x 35 x 0.4 cm.
Michelangelo Pistoletto, Uffizi Porte, 2003. Installation, wood, metal, dvd, monitor, 250 x 1995 x 1351 cm.
Michelangelo Pistoletto &...
Michelangelo Pistoletto, Michelangelo Pistoletto & Cittadellarte &, 2003. Book, ink, paper, 28 x 22 cm, 110 p, language : English, publisher : Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerpen & Snoeck, Gent, ISBN : 90-5349-447-2.
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LATT: MUHKADEMIE 2013
27 September 2013 - 05 January 2014.
In 2013, the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp marked its 350th anniversary. This makes it the fourth oldest art school in the world and the
M HKA in het Paleis op de...
During the Cultuurmarkt (Culture Market), the M HKA is taking over the Blue Salon of the Palace on the Meir. This marks the start of an ongo
28 April 2017 - 05 April 2020.
For the first time, the M HKA will be able to present a permanent collection exhibition with iconic masterpieces from Flemish and internation
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Het Transcendente [The Tr...
Cross-overs between various levels of reality – dream, vision, utopia – fascinated many artists during the 1960s and ’70s. Their work reveals
The M HKA’s contemporary art collection has grown thanks to a combination of acquisitions, donations and long-term loans from various public
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Michelangelo Pistoletto in conversation with Anders Kreuger (M HKA) on the role of the 'Artist' and 'Architecture'