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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Divisione e moltiplicazin...
Michelangelo Pistoletto, Divisione e moltiplicazine dello specchio [Division and Multiplication of the Mirror], 1978. Sculpture, wood, goldpaint, mirror, 2 x (100 x 45 cm).
Mar Rosso - Sedie Love Di...
Michelangelo Pistoletto, Mar Rosso - Sedie Love Difference [Red Sea – Love Difference Chairs], 2005. Installation, 4 x (78 x 46 cm).
Zonder titel [Untitled]
Michelangelo Pistoletto, Zonder titel [Untitled], 2004. Print, ink, paper, 650 x 500 mm.
Michelangelo Pistoletto, Uffizi Porte, 2003. Installation, wood, metal, dvd, monitor, 250 x 1995 x 1351 cm.
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The collection XXIX – Spi...
20 January 2012 - 29 April 2012.
Curated by Bart De Baere, Jan De Vree, Anders Kreuger (M HKA) en Charles Esche and Steven ten Thije (Van Abbe Museum) Spirits of In
The collection XXXII – Pe...
07 December 2012 - 21 April 2013.
2013 was the ‘year of the collection’. Two large exhibitions and an extensive book put the contents of the M HKA collection on the map and po
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
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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
Collectie Vlaamse Gemeens...
The M HKA holds works on permanent loan that were acquired with the budget of the Vlaamse Commissie voor Beeldende Kunst (Flemish Visual Art
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'