Considered one of the defining members of Arte Povera and acclaimed initially for his Mirror Paintings, represented here in an alluringly theatrical display, Pistoletto justifiably resists the confinement of labels. This compelling installation presents the history of the artist’s assorted identities in the revivified abundance of Blenheim, with the breadth of his materials, ‘poor’ and glittering, well represented. While the performative aspects of Pistoletto’s career (Buongiorno Michelangelo by Ugo Nespolo, 1968-69) are absent here, references to the present day are not, with the current incarnation of the Mappamondo series incorporating British newspapers covering the 2016 EU Referendum. Other novelties include eighteenth-century portraits partly covered in layers of glistening mica and the hallucinatory spectacle of a floating gold car in a fountain, while Pistoletto’s pacifist aspirations continue to drive the ongoing Terzo Paradiso project.
Michelangelo Pistoletto at Blenheim Palace
15 September – 31 December 2016
Interview and translation by ANGERIA RIGAMONTI di CUTÒ
Filmed by MARTIN KENNEDY
The Space Where I Am
The exhibition at Blain Southern in London this summer represents the opportunity to experience the manner in which artists have explored the relationship between personal experience and space, between the void and emptiness from the 1960s to the present day.
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.