It is impossible to imagine Arte Povera without Azioni Povere.
From 1959 to 1979, the work of the artists associated with this movement was largely defined by actions. This richly illustrated publication examines Azioni Povere and its characteristics.
For the first time it provides annotated catalogues raisonnés of the diverse actions. Furthermore, comprehensive photographic documentary material illustrates the virulence and vibrancy of this period in Italy.
A picture essay serves as the prelude, followed by introductory essays and texts on the respective characteristics of the artistic praxis.
Discussions with contemporary witnesses and entries on important keywords, incidents and places, such as Aktionsraum 1 in Munich, the Piper Pluriclub in Turin and Galerie L’Attico in Rome, complement the wide-ranging material, which was sourced from the archives of the artists, from artist estates, photographers, gallerists and collectors.
Accompanies the exhibition ‘Entrare nell’opera: Processes and Performative Attitudes and Arte Povera’ 7 Jun – 1 Sep 2019, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein and 30 Nov 2019 – 3 May 2020, MAMC+ / Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Saint-Étienne.
Featured Artists: Giovanni Anselmo, Alighiero e Boetti, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Luciano Fabro, Jannis Kounellis, Eliseo Mattiacci, Mario Merz, Marisa Merz, Giulio Paolini, Pino Pascali, Giuseppe Penone, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Emilio Prini and Gilberto Zorio.
English and German text.