PIERO MANZONI, 1962, creased canvas and kaolin

An exceptional form of minimalism, originating from the features of the material itself, is the basis for Manzoni’s work. External influences are banned from his oeuvre. His Achromes consist of colourless cloths falling in easy folds. It is a very radical and introspective piece, which bears no relation to any other art form. Corpi d’ aria preserves the artist’s breath, and Merda d’ artista contains his faeces. The objective of this provocation was to establish a close connection between the artist and the observer.

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