From One to Many: Michelangelo Pistoletto at MAXXI

Things to Do, What's New — By Erica Firpo on March 3, 2011 at 1:11 pm

It’s time to lighten your sense of humor: Da uno a molto (From One to Many), 1956-1974, a cumulative exhibiton of Italian artists Michelangelo Pistoletto‘s paintings, installations and performances opens at MAXXI on Friday March 4, following its three -month showcase at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

More than 100 works traversing a twenty-two year span are now on display in Zaha Hadid’s award winning edifice, perhaps and coincdentally the perfect setting for a Pistoletto retrospective.  Pistoletto’s work is whismical,  humorous and thought-provoking, asking the viewer to take a look at the work and one’s self in context to simulated [art] environment, physical space and even the global stage.  It’s arte povera, pop, minimal and conceptual all rolled into one, much like his  Globe (credit: Jeffrey Bussman)– a rolling ball of newspaper pushed through the streets over the decades.   The stark white palace is a visual palate cleanser for the piccante flavors of Pistoletto’s work.  Through June 22, 2011.

MAXXI, via Guido Reni 4.

Tuesdays through Sundays from 11 to 7pm, Fridays and Saturdays to 10 pm.

Photos by Sebastiano Luciano for MAXXI

Tags: Art, Culture, Italy, Rome, Things to Do, What's New

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