Michelangelo Pistoletto at the Philadelphia Museum of Art


Strolling into the contemporary wing at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, I stumbled onto the current installation of Michelango Pistoletto’s Tavolo Mediterraneo Love Difference (Mediterranean Table Love Difference).  Pistoletto’s tables in the shapes of seas from across the globe will be on view. These “mediterranean” tables metaphorically represent the spaces that exist in the “middle of land,” places whose in-between character provides a conceptual platform for conversation and exchange across cultures.

Starting November 2, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will host ‘Michelangelo Pistoletto: From One to Many, 1956–1974′.  This is huge, Michelangelo Pistoletto is one of the most influential contemporary artists in Europe; this will be his first major solo exhibition in the United States in over 20 years. This exhibition will present the artist’s current work from his interdisciplinary laboratory, Cittadellarte—the name of which implies both a fortified enclave and a city of art. They’ll also be showing over 100 of Pistoletto’s work that deal with postwar sociocultural transformations of Italy, Western Europe, and North America.

Michelangelo Pistoletto:
From One to Many, 1956-1974

Michelangelo Pistoletto:

November 2, 2010 – January 16, 2011

Philadelphia Museum of Art
26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130

The Museum will be hosting a variety of activities and programs to accompany the exhibits:

Scultura Da Passeggio – A Restaging of Pistoletto’s Walking Sculpture
Saturday, October 30, 1 p.m.
Join the procession as Michelangelo Pistoletto rolls a giant ball of newspapers made by Spiral Q Puppet Theater through Philadelphia, beginning at the Museum’s West Entrance—rain or shine! The artist will recreate his seminal action Walking Sculpture, first performed in 1967 on the streets of Turin. Free and open to the public.

Three Conversations with Michelangelo Pistoletto, Germano Celant, and Carlos Basualdo
Saturday, October 30, 5 p.m.; Sunday, October 31, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. 
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear two of the founding voices of Arte Povera—art critic and curator Germano Celant and artist Michelangelo Pistoletto—in conversation with Carlos Basualdo, The Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Curator of Contemporary Art. In three sessions over two days, they will cover Pistoletto’s early work in the context of Italian art in the late 1950s, the artist’s role in the Arte Povera movement, and his current work in relation to Italian and contemporary art. Free after Museum admission; ticket required.

posted by Ginger Rudolph