Pistoletto Beyond the Mirror

Pistoletto Beyond the Mirror
#Exhibitions

Michelangelo Pistoletto returns to the space in District 798, after an absence of ten years, with new projects that offer some new proposals, but always in line with his preceding works. The Italian artist, who debuted in 1960 at the Galleria Galatea in Turin with a series of works centred around self-portraits, in the arc of his career, has made great use of the “painted mirror”, enclosing in it the viewer and the world itself and offering a new perspective. In the central atrium, on the ground floor of the gallery, it is possible to admire works that reflect themselves, following a study that the artist once explored in 1977, but, here, realised on a larger scale. On the second floor, there are several new examples of reflective paintings with a particular autobiographical note. The figure of the artist, inserted within the surface in polished steel, invites the spectator to enter the scene, creating a fourth dimension of participation. The third floor of the Continua hosts Metrocubo d'Infinito: the work that fully picks up on the concept of Arte Povera. Six mirrors, assembled thanks to a simple cord, delineate a one-cubed-metre of empty space. The mirror, its capacity to reflect remaining even when concealed from every glance, becomes an intermediary between the visible and the invisible.

Chiara Vedovetto - © 2018 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Beijing