Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev with the artist will introduce the exhibition Michelangelo Pistoletto. Molti di uno (Many of one), set up in the Castello di Rivoli Manica Lunga, a large unpublished work that acts as a device through which to reread Pistoletto’s art (Biella, 1933). Among the artists who redefined the concept of art starting from the mid-sixties of the last century, Pistoletto questioned the concept of personal identity from the first half of the fifties and took the path of the self-portrait as an emblematic expression of his thought. In 1961 he painted his first mirror painting Il presente (The Present) in which his self-portrait stands out against a black background obtained with very shiny acrylic paint which makes it reflective. This work opens up to life as an exchange of relationships and perspectives, determining a new space-time dimension. For Pistoletto, overcoming the boundaries marked by the pictorial dimension represents the opening to a landscape that overlooks the contemporaneity of existence.
Speakers: Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev (Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Director and Curator of the exhibition Michelangelo Pistoletto. Molti di uno: Many of One) and Michelangelo Pistoletto (Artist)
Venere degli stracci (Venus of the Rags), 1967 riproduzione di Venere classica in cemento ricoperto di mica, stracci / reproduction of Venus in cement covered in mica, rags
Venere / Venus, 130 x 40 x 45 cm; installazione / installation, 150 x 280 x 100 cm
Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT in comodato presso / on loan to Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli-Torino