Influenced by Italian art in general, and arte povera in particular, Bolognese artist Francesca Pasquali (b1980) creates fully immersive – often site-specific – installations, using everyday and industrial materials, reappropriating them and bringing them into the public’s realm of vision, and of the other senses too. Involving the public in the work of art is part of what it is all about for Pasquali, and she enjoys the interplay of movement, sometimes engendered by the person, sometimes by the material itself.
Showing in a commercial London gallery for the first time, Pasquali has created a large-scale, colourful, plastic cloud in Peckham’s MOCA London, and filled Mayfair’s Tornabuoni Art with a cross-section of her works, from her best-known pieces made with drinking straws, to a carpet of broom bristles, on which we sit to talk, during a break from installation.
Interview by ANNA McNAY
Filmed by MARTIN KENNEDY
Giuseppe Penone: Fui, Sarò, Non Sono
Although he may not initially seem to possess the radicalism of his arte povera contemporaries, the Italian artist’s work abounds with mellow fruitfulness and measured contemplation
Michelangelo Pistoletto: ‘The mirror is always part of one unique mirror. There is only one mirror that is fragmented in various moments and places’
In the startlingly altered states of Blenheim Palace, the multifarious Michelangelo Pistoletto spoke to Studio International about the history of time as captured in his Mirror Paintings, his rejection of the concept of a signature style, and the conviction that art can transform life
Marisa Merz and Adrián Villar Rojas
In the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, the installation Today We Reboot The Planet offers the first UK exhibition of the work of Argentine artist Adrián Villar Rojas. His is the inaugural show at the Sackler space, which is taking on its first public use since it was built as an ammunition store in 1805. Back in the old gallery, the recent work of Arte Povera artist Marisa Merz is presented – her first UK solo exhibition at a public institution.
The Bloomberg Commission: Giuseppe Penone
Delicate and poised, spidery and animated, these bronze casts of tree trunks, hollowed out and painted with a radiant gold-leaf interior, seem to prowl the gallery on their spindly branched limbs.
Michelangelo Pistoletto: The Mirror of Judgment
Michelangelo Pistoletto was a key figure in the development of conceptual art and a founder of the important and influential Arte Povera movement. From early childhood however he grew up in Turin. Remarkably, this Serpentine Gallery exhibition is the first public exhibition of his work in Britain since 1999, although he had in the period from l966 over 20 international exhibitions in Europe, Asia, and the USA.