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Piero Gilardi (1942 IT)


Piero Gilardi (born in Turin in 1942) is an visual artist. Born in Italy from a Swiss family, he studied at the Liceo Artistico in Turin. In an interview with LeGrace G. Benson, Gilardi stated that his personal encounter with artist Michelangelo Pistoletto and others helped him in the development of his own artwork (in parallel with that of American Pop Art). While trying to comprehend the cybernetic idea of feedback and the scientific rational behind man’s mental synthesis, his perspective on reality changed; he then focused on the fluxusand relationship of things around him

A catalytic figure in the Arte Povera movement, concentrated in Turin in the late 1960s, Gilardi’s utopian and unselfish dedication to connecting neo-avant garde artists across Western Europe and North America made him one of the most influential artistic figures of the period, albeit not the most famous. He became known in the international scene and witnessed the impact of Pop Art Europe. Itinerant artist, theorist, and organizer, he contributed to the birth of Arte Povera, especially working to establish relationships with other similar initiatives that occurred simultaneously outside Italy, supporting the work artists such as Richard Long and Jan Dibbets, introducing the one of Bruce Nauman and Eva Hesse in Europe.

His uncompromising commitment in favor of closer ties between art and life pushed for action in the fields of psychiatry and anthropology; Gilardi experimented with collective forms of political theater, workshops, and activist struggles with the workers of Fiat and against the implementing of TAV (Treni Alta Velocità: High Speed Trains) in the years 1970–80.



During the 2000s, Gilardi initiated the project “Art Park living “center outdoor art installed in Turin, that welcomed artists ( Dominique Gonzalez-FoersterGilles ClémentAlmarcegui LaraMichel Blazy …) but also scientists and especially the public, invited to participate directly. Piero Gilardi appears as an iconic figure of developments in art and society over the past five decades; his work and theoretical research can always assess the potential for art to be effective in the real.


Solo Exhibitions


1967 – Gallery Ileana Sonnabend, Paris.
1967 – Gallery Zwirner, Koln.
1967 – Gallery Sperone, Milan
1967 – Gallery Fischbach, New York
1991 – Gallery Sperone Westeater, New York
1998 – Gallery Massimo Minini, Brescia
1999 – Loggetta Lombardesca, Ravenna.
2006 – Civic Gallery of Modena
2009 – Semiose galerie, Paris.
2010 – leçon de choses, CCC-Centre de Création Contemporaine, Tours 2012 – Collaborative Effects, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven 2012 – Effetti Colaborativi, Castello de Rivoli, Turin 2013 – Collaborative Effects, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham


Group Exhibitions


1967 – Salon de Mai, Paris
1968 – Group Exhibition, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
1987 – “Terrae Motus” Grand Palais, Paris
1988 – Seoul Olympic Park, Seoul
1990 – “La otra scultura” Palacio de Cristallo, Madrid
1992 – “Artifices II”, Paris.
1993 – “Artec 93”, Nagoya.
1993 – 45th Biennial of Venice
1995 – “Multimediale 4”, Karlsruhe, Germany.
1996 – “Art & Fashion”, Biennial of Florence.

2000 – “Il sentimento del 2000” Triennial, Milan
2000 – “There is no spirit in painting”, Le Consortium, Dijon.
2001/2- “Zero to infinity: Arte Povera 1962–1972” Tate Modern, London; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington
2001 – “Arte povera oggi” (Poor Art Today) Italian Culture Institute, London.
2001 – “L’arte elettronica. Metamorfosi e metafore” (Electronic Art, metamorphosis and metaphors) Civic Gallery of Modern Art, Ferrara.
2001 – “Media Connection”, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome.
2001 – “Le tribù dell’arte”, (Art Tribes) City Gallery of Modern Art, Rome

2002 – “Techne 02. Tra arte e tecnologia” (Between Art and Technology) Spazio Oberdan, Milan.
2003 – “Fragments d’un discours italien” Musée d’Art Moderne e Contemporain, Geneva
2003 – “Coolustre”, Collection Lambert en Avignon
2003 – “Inverosimile”, installation à la Biennial d’Art Contemporain de Lyon
2003 – “Flower Power” Musée d’Art Moderne, Lille
2006 – “Interdependence” City Gallery of Modena