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Piero Manzoni , art, italian art, artist, ironic, lifestyle, exhibition, milan palazzo reale, artist's shit, pleats, materials

Piero Manzoni , art, italian art, artist, ironic, lifestyle, exhibition, milan palazzo reale, artist's shit, pleats, materials

Piero Manzoni , art, italian art, artist, ironic, lifestyle, exhibition, milan palazzo reale, artist's shit, pleats, materials

Piero Manzoni , art, italian art, artist, ironic, lifestyle, exhibition, milan palazzo reale, artist's shit, pleats, materials

Piero Manzoni , art, italian art, artist, ironic, lifestyle, exhibition, milan palazzo reale, artist's shit, pleats, materials

Pictures by me – please excuse the poor quality: they were made with my telephone not with a proper camera.

I am pretty bad at manipulating materials so you can find me in a state of complete adoration whenever I meet someone who is able to use his/her own hands to create all sort of things. So when I was invited to the opening of the Piero Manzoni exhibition at Palazzo Reale in Milan I couldn’t say no! Needless to say the whole exhibition went beyond my expectations, it really highlights the ability of Manzoni to have fun and to provoke using simple and common materials (little stones, feathers, cotton wool, eggs …), with an innovative and modern approach to art (let’s not forget we’re talking about the ’60s). Not to mention his efforts to make art an integral part of people’s lives and at the same time his attempt to give people and ordinary things the dignity of a work of art … in short, a sort of Andy Warhol before his time.

Mi ritengo piuttosto imbranata con le attività manuali, e di conseguenza invidio tantissimo chi è capace di manipolare materiali per creare ogni genere di cosa. Per questo motivo sono stata super felice di partecipare all’inaugurazione della mostra di Piero Manzoni al Palazzo Reale a Milano! La mostra mi è piaciuta moltissimo, perchè mette in evidenza proprio la capacità di Manzoni di divertirsi e di provocare utilizzando cose e materiali di uso comune e quotidiano (sassi, piume, ovatta, uova…), un approccio innovativo e moderno (siamo negli anni ’60). Per non parlare del voler rendere l’arte parte integrante della vita delle persone, e contemporaneamente del voler dare alle persone e alle cose comuni e quotidiane la dignità di opera d’arte… insomma una specie di Andy Warhol ante-litteram.

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