Stage 1 – The Past
Welcome to a sensuous experience where art takes over the entire space and where fire, iron, wood, stone and coal are favoured materials. In Italy, in the late 1960s, a group of artists, under the name Arte Povera, managed to create suggestive images, in the hope that real life could be experienced more consciously. Arte Povera literally means ‘poor art´, but ‘povera’ can also mean ‘sparse’, ‘unfortunate’ or ‘deceased’, and only in Italian does the term retain its ambiguity. The term Arte Povera refers to the everyday materials used by the artists. The Arte Povera movement talked about the dream of the ‘open’ work of art. A work with neither beginning nor end, one that opens up to us, to the viewer and the world. An artistic practice capable of crossing the line between everyday life and art. It was the dream of an artistic universe where you simultaneously take on the role of observer and participant, and where your visual and olfactory experiences may evoke unfamiliar notions and references to not just your lived life, but to living as such.
The term Arte Povera refers to the everyday materials used by the artists. In 1967, the group held its first show: Arte Povera e Im Spazio at Galleria La Bertesca in Genoa. Curated by Germano Celant , the exhibition’s works were created by six artists: Alighiero Boetti, Luciano Fabro, Jannis Kounellis, Giulio Paolini, Pino Pascali and Emilio Prini. All of these artists are also represented in this exhibition. They wanted to show us and the whole world their aesthetic interpretation of history. The German/Italian artist Klaus Munch, has been invited to reflect on the Arte Povera with a beautiful installation on the facade of the museum
Experience Stage 1 here
Artists that are part of Stage 1:
ALIGHIERO BOETTI | EMILIO PRINI | GILBERTO ZORIO | GIOVANNI ANSELMO | GIULIO PAOLINI | GIUSEPPE PENONE | JANNIS KOUNELLIS | LUCIANO FABRO | MARIO MERZ | MICHELANGELO PISTOLETTO | PIER PAOLO CALZOLARI | PINO PASCALI