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Arte Povera: The Great Awakening

Jannis Kounellis
Jannis Kounellis
Arte Povera: The Great Awakening: Boetti, Kounellis, Merz, Pistoletto from the Goetz Collection
BASEL  •  Kunstmuseum Basel  •  Ongoing

In the 1960s, a new movement emerges in Italian art. Many of the artists associated with it, such as Giovanni Anselmo, Alighiero Boetti, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Luciano Fabro, Jannis Kounellis, Mario Merz, Giulio Paolini, Pino Pascali, Giuseppe Penone, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Emilio Prini, and Gilberto Zorio, went on to become famous. Their works are distinguished by the use of simple means and poor materials such as soil, glass, branches, and wax, a strategy that is explicitly antagonistic to the rising tide of technology.

The Goetz Collection holds one of the most extensive groups of works produced by this  artistic movement. Curated by Bernhard Mendes Bürgi, the  exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Basel presents around one hundred works, also illustrating Arte Povera's relevance to today's youngest artists. The show includes  works created between 1959 and the early 1990s, art Ingvild Goetz collected over the course of many years that has not been on public display for a long time. Photographs and documents  complement the exhibition in an effort to show the far-reaching ramifications of this artistic awakening.

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Contact: Kunstmuseum Basel
St. Alban-Graben 16
4010 Basel
Tel: (41) 61 206 62 62

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