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Piero Manzoni

Vita d'artista

  • Author: Flaminio Gualdoni
  • Year: 2013
  • Language: Italian
  • Pages: 240
  • Price: 27.00 €
  • ISBN: 978-88-6010-098-6
  • Size: cm 15.5 x 23
  • Illustrations: 107 b/w
  • Finish: Arcoprint Edizioni

6 February 1963: at the age of just 30 Piero Manzoni was found dead of a heart attack in his studio in via Fiori Chiari. From that moment on his reputation as a provocateur and wild child preceded him, with his most subversive work, Artist’s Shit, elevating him to cult status. But what actually came before and lay behind those 30 grams of pure artistic output? Flaminio Gualdoni sets out to explore exactly that in this biography that traces the guiding themes of Manzoni’s works, lending order to a jumble of hitherto fragmented materials and setting aside any apocryphal hypotheses.

Milan’s “dolce vita” nightlife and the artist’s youthful bike expeditions; the early experiments under Fontana, in the search for a personal style, and the partnerships with young Italian contemporaries and international avant-garde movements which brought acclaim and recognition. This fast-moving career relegates Manzoni the private individual increasingly into the background, turning the spotlight purely on Manzoni the artist. What emerges powerfully, even in his continuous, incessant experimentation with all kinds of media – from painting to designs for immersive environments – is the compact kernel of an aesthetic adventure around the very essence of the work of art. And his life, in the dual sense of everyday existence and exceptional artistic undertaking, was necessarily an integral part of this tenaciously pursued adventure. In the words of the artist: “There is nothing to say; there is only to be, to live.”

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Flaminio Gualdoni is an art historian and critic. Since 1980 he has taught history of art in the Accademia delle Belle Arti di Brera in Milan, and he has had a lengthy career as director of museums and galleries  (Galleria Civica di Modena, Musei Civici di Varese, and Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro). He has curated numerous exhibitions of leading artists.
He works with many newspapers and magazines (Corriere della Sera, Il Giornale dell’arte, Il Giorno, Italia Oggi, Gente, Rai) and directed the magazine fmr for many years, founding La rivista bianca fmr. In 2011 with Luca Lampo he created the Atlas of Italian Art for the web, www.atlantedellarteitaliana.it

Ragioni di una biografia
1. Manzoni che…
2. «A Sonzino sol Chermonese»
3. Un diario
4. Domani chi sa
5. Ricerca d’immagine
6. Prolegomeni
7. Bianco
8. Zero
9. Superficie acroma
10. Azimuth
11. Libera dimensione
12. Corpi
13. Altri corpi
14. Socle du monde
15. «Ciao, maestro!»
16. Solo da essere

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