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BREVE STORIA DELLA “MERDA D’ARTISTA”

Skira Editore

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Size

13 x 17 cm
5.12 x 7 in

Publisher

Skira

Year

2014

Language

Italian

ISBN

885722337

Pages

56

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7,00 €

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You can also buy a reproduction of the work for 80 euros. Limited edition. - Merda d'Artista by Piero Manzoni

The genesis and success of one of the most discussed works of art of the twentieth century.

"A relic, in order to become an object of worship, is not at all important that it be true. What counts is the conviction of its miraculous power: a work of art, in the words of Werner Muensterberger, "whether it comes from a discovery, a gift, a purchase or even a theft, bears the mark of a promise and a magical compensation". Manzoni's work continues to interest us, intrigue us, irritate us, because it rests on an irremediable ambiguity, between the mystical and the corporeal, between high and low, between vitality and death. Between gold and shit." 

Piero Manzoni's Merda d'artista, the object of desire of every museum and collector, is one of the icons of avant-garde art, one of its most tenacious myths. 

From the date of its realization, 1961, the work has been surrounded by a legendary aura regarding its content, the artist's intent, the escalation of prices that has seen it as a protagonist. It is the object of legends and, naturally, of ironies, parodies, controversies and fierce rejections, which ideally unite it to the work-scandal par excellence of the century, Fountain by Marcel Duchamp. The narration traces the genesis of Merda d'artista within the inventive path of Manzoni and the growth of its eccentric historical fortune until today, which has made it an absolute symbol of contemporary culture.


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