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  • Untitled

    1968

    Camouflage canvas on plywood

    21 x 29.5 cm

  • Divine Astrazioni

    1987

    Embroidery on canvas

    17,5 x 17,5 cm

     

  • Cinque x cinque venticinque

    1989

    Embroidery on canvas

    21 x 23.5 cm

     

  • Divine Astrazioni

    Ca. 1987

    Embroidery on panel

    17.5 x 17.5 cm

     

  • Per nuovi desideri

    1988

    Embroidery on canvas

    18,5 x 17 cm

     

     

Alighiero Boetti was born in 1940 in Turin, Boetti’s enthusiasm from childhood for the life of an ancestor, a Dominican missionary in Mosul, led him to travel widely. He attended the studio of Johnny Friedländer and was interested in literature (André Malraux), Eastern philosophy and shamanism. Between 1960 and 1965 he made drawings and abstract paintings. In 1964 he married Annemarie Sauzeau. After the first of his solo shows at the Christian Stein Gallery

in 1967 (where he exhibited works made with materials he recycled and welded), he also he took part in Arte Povera – Im spazio at La Bertesca in Genoa. An experimental, Arte Povera and conceptual artist, Boetti combined art and daily life, the public and private, object, word and performance, questioning identity and its status (Gemelli, 1968; in 1972 he split his name into two parts, Alighiero and Boetti). The first Mappa dates from 1971-72 and comprised the flags of different nations embroidered by Afghan women. Later he began producing works in ballpoint pen, also entrusted to third parties: Mettere al mondo il mondo (1972–1973).

He exhibited at the Kunstmuseum in Lucerne in 1974, at the Kunsthalle in Basel in 1978, and in the following

decades in the US and Europe. In 1990 he was invited to the Venice Biennale and was given his own room.

He died in Rome in 1994.

Source: Magonza editore