Michelangelo Pistoletto


“Life viewed in the mirror appears to us to be totally encompassed in the phenomenon of relativity. The flows that lead to the formation of an image in the mirror are incalculable.”

(from: Omnitheism and Democracy Manifesto – Michelangelo Pistoletto)


Mirror, Glass, Metal, Plastic

The Designer

Michelangelo Pistoletto was born in Biella in 1933. He achieved international acclaim as an artist in the 1950s, becoming a protagonist and animating force of Arte Povera. His lifelong career has been defined by themes such as the Division and Multiplication of the Mirror, Art Takes on Religion, and the Third Paradise. He holds honorary degrees from the University of Turin and the Universidad de las Artes of Havana in Cuba. In 2003 he won the Venice Biennale’s Golden Lion for Lifelong Achievement followed by the Wolf Foundation Prize in the Arts in 2007. In 2011 he was the artistic director of Evento 2011 – L'art pour une ré-évolution urbaine in Bordeaux. In in 2012 he started promoting the Rebirth-day, first worldwide day of rebirth, celebrated internationally on 21st of December. In 2013, the Louvre hosted his personal exhibition Michelangelo Pistoletto, année un – le paradis sur terre and he received the Praemium Imperiale for painting, in Tokyo. In 2014 the symbol of the Third Paradise was installed in the hall of the headquarters of the Council of the European Union in Brussels for the period of the Italian Presidency of the European Council. In October 2015 he created a monumental sculpture, Rebirth, in the park of of the Palais des Nations in Genève.

The Art Gallery

In 1990, Galleria Continua opened in San Gimignano, Italy, as the result of the initiative of three friends: Mario Cristiani, Lorenzo Fiaschi and Maurizio Rigillo. Occupying a former cinema, Galleria Continua established itself and thrived in the Tuscan countryside, an entirely unexpected location steeped in history, timelessness, magnificence. The location provided scope for the development of new dialogues and symbioses between unexpected geographies: rural and industrial, local and global, art from the past and the art of today. Over 20 years, Galleria Continua has created a strong identity unhampered by the spatial and temporal restrictions of urban contemporary art institutions. Generosity and altruim lie at the heart of its dealings with artists and the general public by writing a history of the present that is sensitive to contemporary creativity and cherishes the link between past and future.

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