Michelangelo Pistoletto

Lia Rumma | Naples

This exhibition, which Michelangelo Pistoletto created specifically for the space of this gallery, pursued the theme of “Poetica dura” (Hard poetics) that he began exploring in a show of that name at the beginning of 1985. “Art of squalor, parasitical art of mortification. Surfaces of desolation, obtuse surfaces. A repulsive art that doesn’t represent anything. Fountains of light gray cast metal, idiot depths of a crushed, smeared art, tiring as childbirth,” the artist wrote then, in a vibrant declaration of poetics that accompanied the show. Pistoletto’s recent installation here, which he called “Long Playing,” was more fully in tune with those poetics. There were a dozen works in a variety of media, and they resonated with each other and with the space. The gallery is long and narrow like a church nave, with a pale gray Carrara marble floor and white walls that emphasize a cold, rational

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