Arte Povera Der grosse Aufbruch

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Contributions: Rainald Schumacher, Dr. Angela Vettese, Luca Cerizza, Christiane Meyer-Stoll Foreword: Dr. Bernhard Mendes Bürgi Graphic Design: Sofie's Kommunikationsdesign German September 2012, 144 Pages, 212 Ills. Hardcover, leather 266mm x 198mm
ISBN: 978-3-7757-3356-4
| A thematic survey of key works dating back to 1959 and their meaning to contemporary artists

A new artistic movement, which came to be known as Arte Povera, was formed in the sixties and promoted by artists such as Giovanni Anselmo, Alighiero Boetti, Jannis Kounellis, Mario Merz, Pino Pascali, and Michelangelo Pistoletto. Their use of “poor” materials, such as soil, glass, wood, and wax, is characteristic and to this day forms a critical contrast to our increasingly technological environment. In stylistic anarchy, paintings, objects, installations, and performances aspired to find a path back to natural processes and organic laws. The Goetz Collection has one of the most comprehensive collections of Arte Povera; it is presented in this publication and probed for its relevance for today’s youngest generation of artists. Photographs and contemporary documents shed light on the far-reaching impact of this artistic awakening, which has lost none of its momentousness. (English edition ISBN 978-3-7757-3357-1)


Exhibition schedule: Kunstmuseum Basel, September 9, 2012–February 3, 2013