Arte Povera

5 articles

Arte Povera means impoverished or poor art in Italian. It was one of Southern Europe’s most influential and significant avant-garde movements in the 1960s. It encompassed the work of scores of Italian artists.

The distinguishing characteristic of their work is the extensive use of cheap or “poor person’s” materials like rope, paper, rags, rocks, and soil to take the viewer to the pre-industrial age.

Arte Povera’s practices were meant to challenge the established idea of propriety, value, and material wealth. Through their artworks, they echoed their opposition to the 1960s widespread mechanization, modernism, and industrialization. Artists of this movement shied away from painting in favor of sculptures.


Michelangelo Pistoletto’s nude Venus inspects a rag of clothes (sfw)

Born in 1933 in Biella, Italy, Michelangelo Pistoletto’s was among the first interpreters of the radical renewal of artistic language, both socially and aesthetically, in the early 1960s. He was also one of the protagonists of Arte Povera. Pistoletto began to gain recognition in the mid-1950s, particularly after creating his first Quadri specchianti (Mirror Paintings)

Michelangelo Pistoletto’s nude Venus inspects a rag of clothes (sfw) Read More

Stay in touch

We would love to keep the conversation going.

Please join us on Instagram, Telegram or YouTube.

Want inspiration in your inbox?