Piero Manzoni’s brief career was one of the most radically inventive of the twentieth century, producing a body of work that continues to challenge the definitions of artistic sovereignty and virtuosity.
Piero Manzoni was born in 1933 in Soncino, Italy, and died in 1963 in Milan, Italy. His work has been the subject of numerous international exhibitions, including Herning Kunstmuseum, Germany (1991); Musée d'art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France (1991); Castello di Rivoli—Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Italy (1992); “Linee,” Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome (1995); “Line Drawings,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1995); “Milano et mitologia,” Palazzo Reale, Milan (1997); MADRE Museum, Italy (2008); “When Bodies Became Art,” Stadel Museum, Germany (2013); Palazzo Reale, Italy (2014); and Museu de Arte Moderna, Brazil (2015).
Tsuyoshi Maekawa with Alberto Burri, Enrico Castellani, Jorge Eielson, Lucio Fontana, and Piero Manzoni
January 12–March 4, 2017
Urs Fischer and Francesco Bonami on Piero Manzoni
Saturday, March 7, 2020, 5–7pm
The Greene Space, New York
This event has been postponed. The new date will be announced shortly.
Gagosian will host a conversation on Piero Manzoni with Urs Fischer and curator Francesco Bonami to celebrate the English-language release of Flaminio Gualdoni’s biography of the iconic Italian Conceptual artist, published by the gallery. Manzoni’s brief career was one of the most radically inventive of the twentieth century, producing a body of work that continues to challenge definitions of artistic sovereignty and virtuosity. To attend the free event, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited.
Piero Manzoni devours an “edible sculpture,” Copenhagen, 1960. Artwork © 2020 Fondazione Piero Manzoni, Milan/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/SIAE, Rome. Photo: courtesy Fondazione Piero Manzoni
“Cinema” Film Festival
Andreas Gursky, Piero Manzoni, Cy Twombly
January 28–February 1, 2020
La Fondazione, Rome
Over the course of five days, La Fondazione will be hosting a film festival showcasing films by and about artists, including Andreas Gursky: Long Shot Close Up (2009), Piero Manzoni Artista (2014), and Cy Dear (2018). To attend the free event, RSVP to email@example.com. Space is limited and will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Still from Andreas Gursky: Long Shot Close Up (2009) by Jan Schmidt-Garre
Acid-Free Los Angeles Art Book Market 2019
November 1–3, 2019, table A04
Blum & Poe, Los Angeles
Gagosian is pleased to participate in the Acid-Free Los Angeles Art Book Market, organized by a collective of Los Angeles–based independent art book publishers. A platform and marketplace for art books, the three-day event is focused on creating a space for meaningful and sustained conversations around art publishing. In addition to offering an assortment of catalogues associated with Los Angeles, the gallery will be celebrating the release of Piero Manzoni: An Artist’s Life, a biography of the Italian conceptual artist.
Acid-Free Los Angeles Art Book Market
Giuseppe Penone in
Renverser ses yeux: Autour de l’arte povera 1960–1975: photographie, film, vidéo
Through January 29, 2023
Jeu de Paume and Le Bal, Paris
For the first time, Jeu de Paume and Le Bal in Paris present a joint thematic exhibition on the use of media—photography, film, and video—by Italian artists of the 1960s and early 1970s. This show, whose title translates to Reversing the Eye: Arte Povera and Beyond, 1960–75: Photography, Film, Video, provides an overview of the visual experiments of the Arte Povera group and other members of the Italian avant-garde. Work by Giuseppe Penone is included.
Giuseppe Penone, Svolgere la propria pelle (To Unroll One’s Skin), 1970 (detail) © Giuseppe Penone/2022 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Archivio Penone
The Paradox of Stillness
Art, Object, and Performance
May 15–August 8, 2021
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Featuring works from the early twentieth century to today, The Paradox of Stillness examines the notion of stillness as both a performative and a visual gesture. More than sixty-five artists present object-based art, pictures, and actions staged by live performers to test the boundaries between stillness and motion, mortality and aliveness, and the still life and the living picture. Work by Urs Fischer, Piero Manzoni, Tom Wesselmann, and Franz West is included.
Urs Fischer, Untitled, 2003 © Urs Fischer
La rivoluzione siamo noi
Collezionismo italiano contemporaneo
September 26, 2020–January 10, 2021
XNL Piacenza Contemporanea, Italy
XNL Piacenza Contemporanea, a new cultural center dedicated to contemporary art, presents its inaugural exhibition, whose title translates to We Are the Revolution: Contemporary Italian Collecting. The show features more than 150 works from eighteen of the most important art collections in Italy. Giuseppe Penone is creating a site-specific piece for the exhibition, and work by Urs Fischer, Ellen Gallagher, Piero Manzoni, and Andy Warhol is also included.
Giuseppe Penone, Propagazione (Propagation), 2020 © Giuseppe Penone/2021 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Mauro Del Papa
Arte e matericità tra informe et invisibile
October 4, 2018–January 6, 2019
GAMeC—Galleria d’Arte Moderna et Contemporanea di Bergamo, Italy
Black Hole: Arte e matericità tra informe et invisibile is the first exhibition in an ambitious three-year research program dedicated to the theme of matter. Activating a dialogue with the history of scientific and technological discoveries, and investigating the development of aesthetics theories, Black Hole showcases the work of artists who have explored the material element’s most intrinsic significance, where the actual concept of matter shatters to open up a more profound idea of matter as an original element, as the primordial substance that constitutes everything. Work by Urs Fischer, Lucio Fontana, Alberto Giacometti, Anselm Kiefer, and Piero Manzoni is included.
Installation view, Black Hole: Arte e matericità tra informe et invisibile, GAMeC—Galleria d’Arte Moderna et Contemporanea di Bergamo, Italy, October 4, 2018–January 6, 2019. Artwork, left to right: Fondazione Palazzo Albizzini-Collezione Burri, Città di Castello © 2018 SIAE; © Piero Manzoni/2018 SIAE. Photo: Antonio Maniscalco