Alighiero Boetti

Born on 16 December 1940 in Turin, Italy, Alighiero Boetti (also Alighiero e Boetti) was an internationally recognized conceptual artist and one of the leading members of the Italian Arte Povera movement. He is prominently remembered for his array of embroidered maps and woven, colorful letter grids.

Boetti’s art practice was heavily influenced by duality, partly because he had a wide range of interests, especially in linguistics, mathematics, and philosophy. He created assemblages, textiles, paintings, and prints using incongruent materials like plaster and Masonite, as well as ordinary objects. His artworks have been exhibited at various museums and art galleries worldwide.

The 10 best artworks you missed at Art Basel Unlimited 2021

The return of in-person exhibitions at Art Basel has echoed a huge sigh of relief across the art community. Its 2021 edition was originally slated for June but had to be put off until September to give countries across the globe more time to carry out their vaccination campaigns and lift travel restrictions. With so …

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Alighiero Boetti’s beautiful Maps of the World

In 1971 upon his departure from Italy and his arrival in Afghanistan, Alighiero Boetti began a continuous collaboration with local weavers to produce embroidered tapestries, using himself only as the referential artist but considering the works a creation of a combined effort. Mappa del Mundo is a colorful, beautifully crafted tapestry showing each country emblazoned …

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