Sunday, 27 September 2020

art povera

Presented to the public on this day in 1967 with an exhibition—Im Spazio—opening in Genoa and showcasing the works of seven Italian, described by art critic and curator Germano Celant as impoverished art, the movement often deploys found objects, the ephemeral and everyday and imbues them with meaning by revealing the lost intersectionality of nature and industry.
Due to the nature of the media (not cheap or perishable materials necessarily but rather an intentional apposition to the canvas and marble of established art), many of these first works are no longer around and the movement ended in the early 1980s and being no expert I couldn’t say what legacy and successors that the school has but the term does seem useful and fitting for a lot of modern installations.