Piero Gilardi

Piero Gilardi (1942-2023), one of the initiators of the Arte Povera movement, advocated a “liveable” and emotional art, which would be inseparable from life itself. With his “Tappeti-Natura” (Nature-Carpet) series he recreated parts of landscape in polyurethane foam. At some point he put his production on hold for twelve years to delve in “relational art” and various militant activities. He actively promoted artistic and social ecology and, in 2008, founded the Parco d’Arte Vivante (The Living Art Park) in Turin. In the years 2000, Gilardi widened his artistic outlook by taking up drawing and producing interactive multimedia installations.

He was exhibited at the Nottingham Contemporary, in 2013, the Castello di Rivoli, Turin, and the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, in 2012, the CCC, Tours, in 2010, and at the Semiose Gallery, Paris, in 2009. His works can be found in both French collections—Centre Pompidou Centre, Paris, CNAP, Paris, FRAC—, and international collections—Galleria Civica of Modern & Contemporary Art, Turin, MAMCO, Geneva, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Tamayo Museum, Mexico City, and MoMA, New York. In 2017, Gilardi’s work was the subject of a survey at MAXXI, Rome.