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Arts Culture The Italian Artistic Landscape Of The 60s and 70s On Spotlight At The Met Museum

The Italian Artistic Landscape Of The 60s and 70s On Spotlight At The Met Museum

By Philippine Tatler
February 10, 2020
The Embassy of Italy Manila, Security Bank Corporation and the Metropolitan Museum of Manila proudly present, for the first time in Southeast Asia, a major contemporary Italian art exhibition: "ARTE POVERA: An Italian Landscape" from February 10 to April 30, 2020 at the Tall Galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Manila.

Arte Povera: Italian Landscape captures one of the most pivotal points in the history of Italian contemporary art in the 60s through the 70s. The Arte Povera movement broke boundaries in traditional art making through new engagement with audiences and an experimental approach in making life and everyday objects integral to art. The exhibit will feature the masterpieces of twelve Italian artists who gave birth to the Arte Povera movement. Participating in this exhibition are contemporary Italian master artists Jannis Kounellis, Marisa Merz, Mario Merz, Giuseppe Penone, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Gilberto Zorio Pier, Paolo Calzolari, Francesco Arena, and Gianni Caravaggio.

Pier Paulo Calzolari's "Untitled (First and Second Day as the Orients are two)", 1970 | PHOTO: Michele Alberto Sereni courtesy of Archivio Fondazione Calzolari
Pier Paulo Calzolari's "Untitled (First and Second Day as the Orients are two)", 1970 | PHOTO: Michele Alberto Sereni courtesy of Archivio Fondazione Calzolari

With an enduring influence from their times to present day art practice, Arte Povera responded to the sociopolitical milieu in Italy during that time—industrialisation, mechanisation, and instability of the economy. As a reaction to the perceived dominating abstract modernism in painting, Arte Povera artists focused on sculptural works and installation by using assemblages of cheap throwaway materials evoking a distinct Italian aesthetic. Arte Povera emphasises the physicality of our daily lives. 

Mario Merz's "Untitled", 1991 | PHOTO: Paulo Pellion
Gilberto Zorio's "Star to purify the words", 1978 | PHOTO: Archivio Fotografico e Mediateca Mart
Gilberto Zorio's "Star to purify the words", 1978 | PHOTO: Archivio Fotografico e Mediateca Mart

Arte Povera: An Italian Landscape is curated by Danilo Eccher,  a well known Italian art critic and curator who served as director of several cultural institutions in Italy since 1989, including the Galleria Civica d'Arte Contemporanea di Trento, Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Bologna in Bologna, Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome, and the Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Turin. Eccher eventually turned to an independent curatorial practice in 2015, working on solo exhibitions of artists such as Jannis Kounellis, Albert Oehlen, Sean Scully, and Christian Boltansk.

"ARTE POVERA: An Italian Landscape" from February 10 to April 30, 2020 at the Tall Galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, BSP Complex, Roxas Blvd, Malate, Manila, Metro Manila

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