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Michelangelo Pistoletto

Westfälischer Kunstverein

Michelangelo Pistoletto did his first mirror painting in 1961, and he can now assert, “For me the mirror remains the reference point at which art rediscovers its origin to become once again a necessity of life.” The mirror—source of truth and deception, of the encounter with the self or with a misleading facade; viewers of Pistoletto’s work, mirrored in it, themselves become an element in it, and through their experience as both reality and image can partake in Pistoletto’s ruminations on human existence in space and time.

With the sculptures shown last year at Documenta 7, Pistoletto seemed to have abandoned his trademark for a new direction that was extremely difficult to interpret. But the familiar thread of the artist’s thought could in fact be detected in that work, while in this exhibition it seemed less clearly followed through. The show began with an initially puzzling metal sculpture

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