post-title Tribute to Michelangelo Pistoletto in Berlin | Italian Cultural Institute + Italian Embassy | 01.06.-04.06.2018

Tribute to Michelangelo Pistoletto in Berlin | Italian Cultural Institute + Italian Embassy | 01.06.-04.06.2018

Tribute to Michelangelo Pistoletto in Berlin | Italian Cultural Institute + Italian Embassy | 01.06.-04.06.2018

Tribute to Michelangelo Pistoletto in Berlin | Italian Cultural Institute + Italian Embassy | 01.06.-04.06.2018

From June 1st, 2018, on the occasion of the exhibition “Michelangelo Pistoletto und Cittadellarte. Spiegelungen und Widerspiegelungen” (02.06.-29.09.2018) on the occasion of the artist’s 85th birthday, an event week will be held by the Italian Cultural Institute Berlin and with Michelangelo Pistoletto in Berlin. The artist will be present from 1st to 4th June 2018. Shown are a new installation, an exhibition, there are audience discussions and a film.

Michelangelo Pistoletto (born 1933 in Biella, Italy) celebrates his 85th birthday in 2018. He is considered one of the pioneers and driving force of Arte Povera. His works of the last five decades reflect in a special way the changes in society, politics and art. At the center of his work and his theoretical and philosophical debates is his concern to combine art, society and everyday life. The participation of the public has always been a central point of his work.

Michelangelo Pistoletto was invited to the Documenta by the exhibition organizers Arnold Bode, Jan Hoet, Okwui Enwezor and Catherine David four times (1968, 1992, 1997 and 2002). At the Venice Biennale in 2003, the artist was awarded the Golden Lion for his life’s work. In 2004, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Turin.

In the 1990s Michelangelo Pistoletto founded the Cittadellarte in his hometown of Biella, which is affiliated with a private University of Ideas. Similar to an artists’ colony, artists and scientists work together to experiment with new forms of design, art and life.

Friday, 1st June 2018

6 pm – Vernissage of the installation Terzo Paradiso in the courtyard of the Italian embassy
WHERE? Italian Embassy, ​​Tiergartenstraße 22, 10785 Berlin-Tiergarten
7 pm – Opening of the exhibition on the 3rd floor of the Italian Cultural Institute
WHERE? Italian Cultural Institute Berlin, Hildebrandstraße 2, 10785 Berlin-Tiergarten

Saturday, 2nd June 2018

7.00 pm – Artist talk with Michelangelo Pistoletto at the ADK (Pariser Platz)
Conversation between Michelangelo Pistoletto and Nike Bätzner (Professor of Art History at Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle)
WHERE? Academy of Arts, Pariser Platz 4, 10117 Berlin-Mitte

Sunday, 3rd June 2018

11.00 – Documentary “Michelangelo Pistoletto” by Daniele Segre in the click cinema
Berlin premiere of the documentary “Michelangelo Pistoletto” (2013) by Daniele Segre in the LichtSpielTheater KLICK-O-TONART
WHERE? Click Cinema c / o Theater O-TonArt, Kulmer Straße 20, 10783 Berlin-Schöneberg

Monday, 4th June 2018

7.00 pm – Conversation between Michelangelo Pistoletto and the Philosophy Professor (FU Berlin) Georg Bertram at the Italian Cultural Institute
Conversation between Michelangelo Pistoletto and Georg W. Bertram (Professor of Philosophy at the FU Berlin)
WHERE? Italian Cultural Institute Berlin, Hildebrandstraße 2, 10785 Berlin-Tiergarten

“Venere degli stracci” (Lumpen-Venus), Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto © Edoardo Delille

Michelangelo Pistoletto und Cittadellarte. Spiegelungen und Widerspiegelungen  – 2nd June to 29th September 2018

The exhibition at the Italian Cultural Institute combines major works from various creative periods of the artist: from the Arte Povera in the 60s and pioneers of conceptual art to the founding of the cultural and think tank Cittadellarte 1998 and the proclamation and worldwide distribution of his Terzo Paradiso (Third Paradise). A new site-specific version of the Terzo Paradiso continues the exhibition to the garden courtyard of the Italian Embassy in Berlin, where it will be on public display throughout the summer. A series of events with artist talks and discussions, with the Berlin premiere of the documentary film Michelangelo Pistoletto by the Italian filmmaker Daniele Segre complete the exhibition.

Exhibition focuses on art as a transformative process – from Progetto Arte to Cittadellarte

From the beginning, Michelangelo Pistoletto’s work has been more than a mere aesthetic gesture. His work is permeated with a strong socio-political and philosophical attitude, which he expresses in a wealth of texts and manifestos. In the Progetto Arte Manifesto of 1994, the artist sets his aspiration to place art in an active relationship with society, thus bringing about a responsible transformation of society. In the 1990s, Pistoletto developed a unique design that was open to materials, shapes, dimensions and mediums, combining various disciplines and genres such as fashion, architecture and design in Progetto Arte. He develops an integrative approach, which i.a. examines the connections between art, society, science, philosophy, religion, music and their specific production contexts.

In consistent result Pistoletto founded four years later, in 1998, in a former woolen mill town of his birth Biella the Cittadellarte, where he eventually his Università settles delle Idee – an artistic platform that examines the relations of exchange between art and the public in theory and practice. The exhibition at the Italian Cultural Institute Berlin presents this interdisciplinary center with its various projects.

Centrally acknowledged work complex: Terzo Paradiso – a collective work of art | site-specific version in Berlin, 2018

The recent works of Michelangelo Pistoletto originate from a collective process through networking, cooperation and interaction of various actors in social life. “In order to create something, you have to be a couple” already in 1974 titled one of his works, referring not only to the inclusion of the viewer in the mirror, but also on the in Pistoletto works created invitation to actively interfere in the arising, to contribute ideas and thus become part of the artwork. After the turn of the millennium, this participatory approach leads the artist to his most recent still-lasting creative phase, the current works complex Terzo Paradiso, which has been given central acclaim in the Berlin exhibition.

Based on the 2003 Manifesto of the same name, this work complex continues to evolve. The focus is on the union of nature and art, as two poles drifting ever further apart. In the Cittadellarte, Michelangelo Pistoletto gives this utopia a lasting symbol for the first time with the infinity sign extended to three loops. Since then it travels in multiple forms around the world and has been realized in different places in different versions, e.g. 2010 as a land-art project of 160 olive trees in Assisi, Italy, 2013 in Paris on the glass pyramid of the Louvre, 2014 as a monumental installation in public space, on the sea, off the coast of Havana with numerous fishing boats, 2015 in the United Nations Square in Geneva and in 2017, it became the symbol of the international space mission VITA.

“Année 1 – Le Paradis sur Terre”, Louvre, Paris 2013 © Cittadellarte

The site-specific formulation of this project for the Berlin exhibition will take into account the historic surroundings of the historic embassy building on the Tiergarten: The three-part endless loop of the Terzo Paradiso is created here from the cobblestones that mark the former course of the Berlin Wall in today’s reunified capital. Stone by stone, it becomes a unique, and for Pistoletto emblematic, new and temporary work of art.

In addition to the works exhibited in Berlin u. a. the icon of Arte Povera, Michelangelo Pistoletto’s Venere degli stracci (Lumpenvenus), his quadri specchianti (mirror images) as well as the installation Love Difference – Mare Mediterraneo, created in 2005.

Michelangelo Pistoletto – Like no other artist of his generation, he stands for the artistic type of the Cultural Revolutionary and propagated with his aesthetic strategies, works and theoretical writings for more than five decades of social and ecological change. 30 years after his first Berlin exhibition in 1978 as a DAAD scholarship holder, the artist and a selection of his works returned to the German capital at the invitation of the Italian Cultural Institute.

#DediKa (German: Dedication) – With this format, the Italian Cultural Institute Berlin annually highlights an outstanding figure of Italian contemporary culture in all its facets. # dediKa18 is a tribute to the Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto, who will celebrate his 85th birthday this June.


Bildunterschrift Cover: “Venere degli stracci” (Lumpen-Venus), Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto © Edoardo Delille

Zeitgenössische Kunst: Michelangelo Pistoletto in Berlin | Ausstellung Berlin – Galerien Berlin – ART at Berlin





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