Renewable Matter # 3 / April

A New Paradise between Artifice and Nature

Interview with Michelangelo Pistoletto

by Matteo Reale

Michelangelo Pistoletto is not only one of the top contemporary artists, but also a leading exponent of the reflection on the relationship between nature and culture and the reinterpretation of artificial materials towards a sustainable transformation of society. 
As a leading figure, he went through the Conceptual Art and the movement of Impoverished Art in the 60’s offering a critical interpretation of contemporary society. One of his most famous masterpieces, Venus of the Rags (1967), reproduces a copy of Venus Callipyge, National Archaeological Museum, facing a heap of rags with her back turned to the public.

Michelangelo Pistoletto, Venus of the Rags, 1967 - Photo: Paolo Pellion

 

In 2012, at Venice Architecture Biennale, Pistoletto exhibited his work Recycled Italy,...

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