Arte Povera (‘Poor Art’) was a movement which originated in Italy in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The artists involved in the movement strove to reject all-consuming technical progress in favour of handicrafts, renouncing industrial and hi-tech materials and using ‘poor’, non-aesthetic materials such as rags, newspapers and tree branches with the aim of freeing art from the shackles of traditionalism.
The exhibition includes works by Giovanni Anselmo, Alighiero Boetti, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Jannis Kounellis, Giuseppe Penone, Michelangelo Pistoletto and other prominent members of the movement. The display is arranged in rooms on the second (top) floor of the Winter Palace, the concept of the exhibition being to contrast the Arte Povera objects with the splendid views and the classical façades of the palace.
(Photo: Mario Merz, Che Fare? (What To Do?), 1968, Fondazione Guido ed Ettore De Fornaris GAM – Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Torino, Photo: Paolo Robino)