90 years of Michelangelo Pistoletto: celebrations and events in his honour

On June 25, the 90th anniversary of the artist Michelangelo Pistoletto was celebrated at the headquarters of his foundation, Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto in Biella. On the same day, the 25th edition of “Arte al Centro” was inaugurated, a series of exhibitions, meetings and seminars taking about artistic practices responsible of social transformation. The event starts from the theme of the main exhibition, Fashion to Reconnect, curated by Tiziano Guardini under the patronage of Cnmi and in collaboration with the green Fashion b.e.s.t collective. This will remain open until November 30 in the spaces of the Fondazione, in the former Trombetta wool mill, a gem of industrial architecture reconverted to welcome art in an open and barrier-free environment.

Michelangelo Pistoletto, Sede del Terzo Paradiso at Cittadellarte, Biella
Photo Pierluigi Di Pietro

“It will not be just a selection of unique pieces, accompanied by a certificate of authenticity as works of art: in Fashion to Reconnect, designers/artists become sensitive creators of a new civilization in which dialogue between opposites and different species are the basis for the creation and invite us on a meditative journey towards the dress as the first home to live in, the chosen home in which to feel reconnected”, comments the curator, Tiziano Guardini.

Many other occasions to celebrate the artist’s ninetieth birthday are now ongoing, including the already inaugurated monographic exhibition “Infinity – Contemporary art without limits” in the Chiostro del Bramante, the eight exhibitions organized by Galleria Continua in each of its international sites, “La pace preventiva”, the exhibition opened on 4 June at Palazzo Reale, Milano.

The monumental version of the “Venere degli stracci”, Piazza del Municipio, Napoli
Photo Riccardo Siano

Furthermore, today 28 June a monumental version of the famous Venere degli stracci opens in Piazza del Municipio in Naples, on the occasion of Napoli Contemporanea. Through a series of specific site installations under the direction of Vincenzo Trione, the event aims to redevelop some urban spaces with the intervention of contemporary international artists.