Analogue Approaches to Visual Art: Michelangelo Pistoletto

A new exhibition by leading Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto, who won the Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale in 2003, is currently on show at the Serpentine Gallery in London.

Michelangelo Pistoletto with The Labyrinth 1969-2007 Courtesy Galleria Continua, San Gimignano/Beijing/Le Moulin Photo by Oak Taylor-Smith © 2011 Michelangelo Pistoletto via Serpentine Gallery

Born in Biella, Italy, in 1933, Pistoletto is acclaimed worldwide as a key figure in the development of conceptual art and as a founder of the influential Arte Povera movement. As you will see, Arte Povera, or Frugal Art, lends itself all too easily to the analogue concept.

Michelangelo Pistoletto, Pozzo (Well) 1965, Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella Photograph: P. Pellion © 2011 Michelangelo Pistoletto via Serpentine Gallery

For the current Serpentine Gallery commission, titled The Mirror of Judgment, the artist created a new, site-specific installations using a form which often recurs in his work: the labyrinth.

Michelangelo Pistoletto, Labirinto e Megafoni, 1969 Installation view at Museum Boymans van Beuningen, Rotterdam Courtesy of GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano/Beijing/Le Moulin © 2011 Michelangelo Pistoletto via Serpentine Gallery

Made out of corrugated cardboard, a material which could hardly be described as anything but analogue, Pistoletto’s work leads visitors through a maze in search of their own self as well as hidden installations and sculptures.

Michelangelo Pistoletto, Labirinto e Grande Pozzo 1969–2008 Courtesy of Galleria Continua, San Gimignano/Beijing/Le Moulin Photograph: Bertrand Huet © 2011 Michelangelo Pistoletto via Serpentine Gallery

Remaining true to his roots, Pistoletto, uses materials which are frugal in order not to distract the visitor who in turn, is an integral part of the work itself.

Michelangelo Pistoletto, Installation view, Serpentine Gallery, London © 2011 Sebastiano Pellion via Serpentine Gallery

The Mirror of Judgement is open at the Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London, until the 17th September.

Source/further info: http://www.serpentinegallery.org/

written by webo29 on 2011-08-16 in #news #artist #requested #art #london #serpentine #exhibition

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