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Michelangelo Pistoletto: From One to Many, 1956–1974
November 2, 2010 - January 17, 2011
Mappamondo (Globe)
Mappamondo (Globe), 1966–68. Michelangelo Pistoletto, Italian, born 1933. Newspaper and wire. Wire ball, diameter c. 71 inches (c. 180 cm); newspaper ball, diameter 39 3/8 inches (100 cm). (Collection of Lia Rumma) © Michelangelo Pistoletto)
Michelangelo Pistoletto: From One to Many, 1956–1974
November 2, 2010 - January 17, 2011
Michelangelo Pistoletto (Italian, born 1933) is widely recognized in Europe as one of its most influential contemporary artists and is increasingly gaining recognition in the United States. As the artist’s first focused survey in the U.S. in more than two decades, Michelangelo Pistoletto: From One to Many, 1956–1974 places Pistoletto’s work in the context of the postwar sociocultural transformations of Italy, Western Europe, and North America while also exploring its relationship to Pop, Minimalism, and Conceptual Art. The exhibition will include more than one hundred works of art—many of which have never before been seen in the United States—that will range from early self-portraits to subsequent series of works, including Quadri specchianti (Mirroring Paintings), Oggetti in meno (Minus Objects), and Stracci (Rags).

Michelangelo Pistoletto: From One to Many will trace the progression of Pistoletto’s artistic focus from a rigorous investigation of the representations of the self in the mid-1950s to his collaborative actions of the late 1960s to the mid-1970s that lie at the heart of many artists’ participatory practices today.

The Museum will also present the artist’s current work from his interdisciplinary laboratory, Cittadellarte. Michelangelo Pistoletto: Cittadellarte will highlight the intellectual, political, and social dialogues fostered by Cittadellarte, which was founded by the artist in 1998 by in Biella, Italy. The installation will play host to a series of performances, lectures, and workshops to bring the innovative spirit of this artistic center to the Museum and the city of Philadelphia.


The exhibition was organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and MAXXI---Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome.


The exhibition is made possible by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative, and by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and The Kathleen C. and John J. F. Sherrerd Fund for Exhibitions. Additional support is provided by Galleria Lia Rumma, Le Méridien Hotels, and GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano / Beijing / Le Moulin; by Christie’s, Luhring Augustine, Galleria Christian Stein, and Simon Lee Gallery; by Barbara B. and Theodore R. Aronson, Lynne and Harold Honickman, Jane and Leonard Korman, Harriet and Larry Weiss, and Sankey and Connie Williams; and by the Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation, Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz, and Jaimie and David Field.

The catalogue is made possible by illycaffè and The Andrew W. Mellon Fund for Scholarly Publications.


Carlos Basualdo • The Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Curator of Contemporary Art


Dorrance Special Exhibition Galleries, first floor


Philadelphia Museum of Art • November 2, 2010 - January 17, 2011
MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Roma • March 3 - June 26, 2011