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Alighiero Boetti

Alighiero Boetti

(Turin, 1940 - Rome, 1994)

At the beginning of '60 Alighiero Boetti realizes some abstract paintings and designs. Later, he achieves a series of reproductions based on microphones and cameras, made by an industrial design technique. He arrives to make experiments with materials like masonite, plexiglas and luminous elements. The first public appearance is in 1967: his first personal exhibition is at Christian Stein Gallery, in Turin. In this case, he presents different artworks made by extra-artistic and industrial materials, like eternit, iron, wood and camouflage fabric. In 1972, his artwork changes in a conceptual way. In this period, he changes his name in "Alighiero and Boetti", he puts his identity into crisis and, at Rome, he discovers the color. In 1985, he comes back in Japan, where he had exposed in 1980. In Japan, he realizes some artworks made by rise paper. In these years, he achieves black and white reproductions of magazines and periodicals, made by pencil. In 1990, participates at Biennale, in Venice, with a personal room. In this case, he realizes artworks based on mixed paper technique, crowded with animals. 

Among his most important solo and group show, we can mention: When Attitudes Become Form, Institute of Contemporary Arts (London, 1969); Documenta (Kassel, 1972-1982-2012); Venice Biennale (Venice, -1978-1980-1986-1990-1993-1995-2001); POINT DE MIRE. Alighiero e Boetti, Centre Georges Pompidou – Musée National d’Art Moderne (Paris, 1993); Alighiero Boetti. Mettere al mondo il mondo, MMK-Museum für Moderne Kunst (Frankfurt, 1998); Alighiero Boetti, Neues Museum (Nürnberg, 2004);  Alighiero & Boetti. Mettere all’arte il mondo 1993-1962, MADRE Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donnaregina (Naples, 2009); Alighiero Boetti. Estrategia de juego, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (Madrid, 2010); Alighiero Boetti: Game Plan, Tate Modern (London, 2012) and MoMA, Museum of Modern Art (New York, 2012).

Alighiero Boetti, Senza Titolo (una spina nel cuore …), 1987
Mixed media on paper
cm 100 x 70