It is impossible to imagine Arte Povera without Azioni Povere.
From 1959 to 1979, the work of the artists associated with this Italian 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.
Featuring the work of 14 influential Italian artists including: Giovanni Anselmo, Alighiero e Boetti, Jannis Kounellis, Mario Merz, Giuseppe Penone, and Michelangelo Pistoletto.
Published on the occasion of the exhibition, Entrare nell’opera: Processes and Performative Attitudes and Arte Povera at Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein (7 June – 1 September 2019), and at MAMC+ / Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Saint-Étienne (30 November 2019 – 3 May 2020).
English and German text.