The Sculpture Show

  • 17th December 2011 − 24th June 2012 | Modern One (Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art)

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Lavoro 2008 - 2011

Michelangelo Pistoletto is an Italian artist who lives and works in Turin. He became associated with 'Arte povera', a movement in Italian art that sought to break down the barreirs between art and life. One of the ways in which Pistoletto reintroduced life into his art was through the use of mirrors.

In his 'Mirror Paintings' Pistoletto screenprints photographcally captured images of things and/or people onto mirrored surfaces. When we look at these works, the photographic image remains static and flat, but images of ourselves and our surroundings are in movement and have depth. These works introduce time - a succession of moving images - into the work, setting up a tension between the two types of images. There is also a tension between an objective, observed reality and a consciousness of self (our own reflections in the mirror). The 'Mirror Paintings' thus become open-ended collaborations between the artist and ourselves.

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