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Italian Embassy launches pioneering art exhibit


The Italian Embassy of the Philippines proudly introduced on February 8 the pioneering art exhibit “Arte Povera: Italian Landscape,” which is being shown for the first time in Asia.

Fe Rodriguez, Joselito Campos Jr., Italian Ambassador Giorgio Guglielmino, the art exhibit’s curator Danilo Eccher, Tina Colayco, Doris Magsaysay-Ho, Chuchu Madrigal Eduque and Luis Virata Jr CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS 

“Arte Povera: Italian Landscape” is arguably one of the most important art movements to come out of Italy. It started around the 1960s and lasted through the 70s. It attempted to break down the rules of traditional art by redefining its “purpose” through engaging its audience in highly experimental ways.

‘Untitled (Igloo)’ by Mario Merz (1978)

‘Prisente’ by Alighiero Boetti (1985)

‘Orchestra di stracci ‘ by Michelangelo Pistoletto (1968)

This included fascinating studies of using unprocessed materials to refer to the emergence of consumer culture. By reflecting the socio-political life of Italians at the time, Arte Povera inevitably changed the way society viewed art. Art was no longer a bystander of its time; it could be used as a tool to generate dialogue. What was considered “beautiful” was no longer caged in what was “perfection”, but what was happening at the present time. It is inevitable, then, that such a powerful movement shaped what contemporary art is.

The exhibit is curated by Danilo Eccher, a highly respected Italian art critic and curator who has served as director for several cultural institutions since 1989, including the Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome, among others.

“Arte Povera: Italian Landscape” runs from February 10 to April 30 at the Tall Galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Manila.


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