paris

Piero Manzoni, Pino Pascali, Ettore Spalletti

Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris

This show did not sanction a linear historical development but focused on an individual view of each of these three artists. The exhibition’s continuity was developed by means of a thread that didn’t obfuscate the differences among them, but exalted them, giving voice to the dialogue of constant contemporaneity. Contemporaneity is renewed in the moment that—as Piero Manzoni would say—we recognize the necessity to assume responsibility for our own actions. Isolating each artist’s work in terms of his individual development renews our debt to their innovations because it opens a dialogue with the present, removing any static historical classifications.

In Manzoni’s “achromes” (roughly, “without color”), the whites of the kaolin, of the wads of cotton, and of the skeins of steel wool, present the material basis on which his entire oeuvre is built. The series of “line” drawings, as well as Base

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