The Labyrinth 1969-2007
Meters of cardboard
Courtesy Galleria Continua, San Gimignano / Beijing / Le Moulin
Photo by Oak Taylor-Smith
© 2011 Michelangelo Pistoletto
Il tempo del giudizio (The Time of Judgement), 2009
Installation view, Galleria Continua,
San Gimignano, 2009
Photograph: Ela Bialkowska
12 July - 17 September 2011
Source: Serpentine Gallery / theartwolf.com
The artist describes the labyrinth as "a winding and unforeseeable road that leads us to the place of revelation, of knowledge". According to the press note of the exhibition, the labyrinth "alters the visitor's understanding of the architecture, making each one a fundamental part of the work."
Born in 1933 in Biella, Pistoletto is widely acknowledged as one of the main representatives of the "Arte Povera" movement. In the early 1960s he received critical acclaim for his series of Mirror Paintings. Later that decade, Pistoletto established "The Zoo", a workshop open to artists and public that centred on collaboration and performance. In 1998, the artist created "Cittadellarte: Fondazione Pistoletto", which promotes the study and promotion of creativity of all kinds
A theorist and activist, Pistoletto uses art to inspire and produce social change. According to the press note, "in 2004 (Pistoletto) announced the most recent phase of his work, the Third Paradise, an imagined new level of human civilization". 'The Mirror of Judgement' includes elements from the Third Paradise, such as "The Spider Weaver" (2009).
The exhibition is sponsored by Hiscox and the J.P. Morgan Private Bank, with the support of the Henry Moore Foundation.