Michelangelo Pistoletto (1933, Biella) lives and works in Biella.

In the 1950s Michelangelo Pistoletto made figurative paintings, including many self-portraits. In his self-portraits of 1960–61, he covered his canvases with grounds of metallic paint, and subsequently replaced the canvas completely with polished steel. His photosilkscreened images of people, life-size, on reflective steel were intended both to integrate the environment and the viewer into his work and to question the nature of reality and representation. Mirrored surfaces would recur throughout Pistoletto’s oeuvre. His employment of everyday materials as in the Venere degli stracci (Venus of the Rags) of 1967, a copy of a classical sculpture of Venus set against a huge mound of old clothes and fabrics—aligned him with Arte Povera. Since 1967, when the term Arte Povera was coined, Pistoletto's work has been included in gallery and museum exhibitions devoted to that trend. Retrospectives of Pistoletto’s art have been presented at Palazzo Grassi, Venice (1976), Palacio de Cristal, Madrid (1983), Forte di Belvedere, Florence (1984), Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome (1990), and Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (2000). His work has been included in major international exhibitions including the Venice Biennale and Documenta in Kassel. Pistoletto announced the creation of Progetto Arte in 1994, a program intended to unite the diverse strands of human civilization through art. To further this goal, he established Cittadellarte, Fondazione Pistoletto — a center for the study and promotion of creative activity in Biella in 1998.


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