Michelangelo Pistoletto

Il terzo Paradiso («The third Heaven») with the participation of 500 students of Geneva




In 1984 the Centre organized a solo exhibition of Michelangelo Pistoletto’s work (1933) and published a catalogue of his sculptures; the following year the artist took part in the Centre’s outdoor exhibition, Promenades.

In 2014 Michelangelo Pistoletto returns to the Centre in the context of a collaboration between Città dell’arte-Fondazione Pistoletto and the UN for the event “Forest for Fashion”; Pistoletto will present a performance entitled “Il Terzo Paradiso” acted out by 500 students on the Plaine de Plainpalais under the artistic direction of genevan choregrapher Prisca Harsch (Cie Quivala).

“Il Terzo Paradiso” is the symbol created by the artist to promote a new balance, that of the “The Third Paradise” in the form of the infinity symbol with an added third circle. The first circle symbolizes the paradise of nature, the second one that of the artificial world of man and the third circle – added by Pistoletto – a recovered balance between the two paradises.

Michelangelo Pistoletto is one of the major protagonists of the Arte Povera movement that developed in Italy at the end of the 1960s. His Minus Object (1967) are considered fundamental to the movement’s emergence. When the Italian critic Germano Celant coined the expression “Arte Povera” for the movement, Michelangelo Pistoletto was already a renowned artist. His Mirror Paintings, produced between 1961 and 1962 had placed him on the international art scene. Cut life-size images on reflective metallic structures, the Mirror Paintings are putting the spectator into the artwork, playing on the notion of time and the opposition between movement and immobility, surface and depth. At the end of the 1990s Pistoletto founded Città dell’arte – Fondazione Pistoletto in order to place art at the centre of man’s activities– economics, politics, culture, fashion – and to promote an earth-friendly and sustainable development through an artistic approach.

With the participation of the students from the following institutions: Centre de Formation Professionnelle Arts Appliqués, Institut Florimont, Ecole Moser, International School of Geneva, Collège Madame de Staël, Association Plumes Genevoises and Association Ekphrasis of History of art students at the University of Geneva.
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