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  • Michaelangelo Pistoletto, Mappamondo, 1966-1968, newspaper and iron, diameter: 70".

    Michaelagelo Pistoletto

    Philadelphia Museum of Art
    26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
    November 2–January 16

    Curated by Carlos Basualdo

    This exhibition situates Michelangelo Pistoletto’s emergence in postwar Italy by concentrating on the first two decades of his career. Including more than 100 loans encompassing a variety of media, “Michelangelo Pistoletto: From One to Many, 1956–1974” features the “Quadri specchianti” (MirrorPaintings), 1962–, which reflected, quite literally, Italy’s tumultuous social and political transformations of that time; “Stracci” (Rags), 1968, whose consumer remnants are the closest to the aims of Arte Povera, with which Pistoletto is often associated; documentation of the artist’s radical theater group Lo Zoo from the late 1960s; and the bewilderingly heterogeneous “Oggetti in meno” (Minus Objects), 1965–66. The various
    taxonomies presented here—accompanied by a multiauthored catalogue— promise a subtle account of an artist who has always resisted classification.