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Achrome Pacco, 1962

From the series Achrome

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Size

55 x 45 x 10 cm
21.65 x 18 x 3.94 in

Reference

a5900e27

Year

1962

Medium

Paintings , Design

Category


  • About the work

Piero Manzoni was one of the most important Italian avant-garde artists and theorists of the sixties. In his young and short life he experimented and pursued the concept of an unprecedented, provocative and sometimes irreverent art.


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1933 Soncino, Italy

Piero Manzoni was born on 13 July 1933 in Soncino (a village in the Po Valley in the province of Cremona). He grew up in Milan, spending his summer holidays at Albisola Capo (a seaside resort on the Liguria Riviera), where he and his parents used to meet Lucio Fontana, the founder of the Spatialism avant-garde movement.

Piero Manzoni made his debut in 1956 at the "Fiera Mercato" in the Castello Sforzesco of Soncino. The next year he took part in the exposition "Movimento Arte Nucleare" at the Galleria San Fedele, Milan. At that time his works were anthropomorphic silhouettes and canvases bearing the imprints of ordinary everyday objects. 
In 1957 he painted the first Achromes: completely white canvases covered with rough gesso and imbued with glue and liquid kaolin (white clay used in the production of porcelain).

In 1958 Piero Manzoni exposed with Lucio Fontana, the founder of the Spatialism, and Enrico Baj, the founder of the Nuclear Art. In the same year he had begun the collaboration with two young artists, Enrico Castellani and Agostino Bonalumi. In 1959 they edited the first issue of "Azimuth", an avant-garde magazine, and founded the art gallery Azimut (run by Castellani and Manzoni).

On July 21, 1960, in Milan, Manzoni realized one of his more famous manifestations: the Consumption of dynamic art by the art-devouring public ("Consumazione dell'arte dinamica del pubblico divorare l'arte"). Manzoni marked with his thumbprint some hard-cooked eggs and offered them to the visitors, who were thus invited to "devour" art.

In 1961, in Rome, Piero Manzoni certificated his first human beings with his signature in order to create Living Sculptures. In the same year he carried through his most shocking gesture: he offered for sale at the then-current price of gold, ninety cans of Artist's Shit, each with a net weight of thirty grams. Piero Manzoni succumbed to a fatal infarction at the age of twenty-nine, in Milan, on 6 February 1963.


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