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Giovanni Anselmo was born in Borgofranco d’Ivrea, Turin in 1934. Initially a painter, he later began to explore three-dimensional space, focusing on sculptures created with found objects and everyday materials. In the 1960s, he was one of the founders of the Arte Povera movement. In 1967, he exhibited at Galleria Sperone and the following year he presented a work in cotton and water as part of Arte Povera + azioni povere at the Arsenali in Amalfi. For the 1969 exhibition When Attitudes Become Form at the Kunsthalle in Bern, he presented Torsione in which emerging lengths of cowhides set in a concrete block were twisted as tightly as possible around a wooden pole fixed to a wall. During the 1970s, the title Infinite recurred in his work. This was not a metaphysical allusion, but it described works that are caught forever in the balance between physical and cosmic space, as a result of temporal and environmental transformations. In 1990, he received the Venice Biennale Golden Lion for painting. His works are collected by major institutions, such as Tate and MoMA. To the present day, Anselmo investigates tensions linked to energy, magnetic fields, and contrasts that allow the unleashing and portrayal of vitality and tension.