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Italian, 20th century, male.

Born 1926, in Milan; died 1981.

Collage artist, mixed media. Artists' books.

Arte Povera, Conceptual Art.

Vicenzo Agnetti's work has appeared in numerous group exhibitions of international contemporary art, including Documenta 5 in Kassel, Germany (1972) and Biennale in Venice (...

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Italian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 17 July 1947, in Milan.

Painter, sculptor, theorist.

Arte Povera, Conceptual Art.

Adriano Altamira put forward his first critical observations on the phenomena of vision in 1967. Next he began to use minimalist structures, plaits and interlacings, like some of the methods used in France by the ...

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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 4 August 1948, in Paris.

Installation artist.

Conceptual Art, Arte Povera.

Bernard Amiard's work can be compared to that of Arte Povera. He combines substances, texture and image. He mostly uses neon as a graphic medium. He leans towards a redefinition of objects as brute materials and their reciprocating relationships....

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Italian, 20th century, male.

Active in Turin.

Born 1934, in Borgofranco d'Ivrea.

Installation artist.

Conceptual Art, Arte Povera.

Giovanni Anselmo is one of the exponents of Arte Povera (It. 'poor art'), the singular movement that was expressed in many physical forms. It was founded in Italy and remained Italian in character, despite obviously influencing conceptual artists in other countries. Arte Povera falls within the vast movement of conceptual art that swept over the art scene in the 1960s, historically a time of social, political and ethical protest. Arte Povera challenged art itself above all else. A Zen influence, conscious or subconscious depending on the work, is also discernible in the invitation to contemplate a pile of pebbles presented as a work or a non-work of art, or any other object that the eyes and the mind regularly take for granted.The term Arte Povera was coined by Germano Celant (the movement's main instigator and historian) in ...

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Italian, 20th century, male.

Born 1930, in Milan.

Sculptor, painter.

Arte Povera.

Aricò exhibited in Rome, Milan, Verona, and at the Venice Biennale in 1964 and 1968, as well as in Chicago and at the São Paulo Biennale in 1963. His use of litter and used objects in hazardous compositions has categorised him as an Arte Povera artist....

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Italian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1948, in Fiesole.

Painter.

Luciano Bartolini, like other Italians of his generation, was influenced by the conceptual movements of the 1970s and by Arte Povera.

He paints on paper, but it is paper handmade in Tibet which he crumples, folds, cuts, glues, overlays and paints. The painted marks include geometrical or symbolic shapes, a rectangle, a tantric circle, or scripts which have been invented and therefore cannot be read. He also uses richly esoteric colours, the black and red of the sacred, the gold of Byzantine icons. The delicate structures of his work mask an inherent mysticism. He has exhibited in Italy and in London....

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Italian, 20th century, male.

Born 1940, in Turin; died 24 April 1994, in Rome.

Mixed media, textile artist.

Arte Povera, Conceptual Art.

Alighiero e Boetti lived and worked in Rome. He is considered to be one of the founders, in 1967, of the Arte Povera (Impoverished Art) movement, to each of whose group exhibitions he routinely contributed. In ...

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Italian, 20th century, male.

Born 1943, in Bologna.

Sculptor, painter.

Arte Povera.

Pier Paolo Calzolari spent his teenage years in Venice. He lived in Paris from 1970 to 1972 and travelled from 1981 to 1986 in Crete, to Urbino, Vienna, Venice and Marrakech. Urbino is his home and workplace. His early violent oil paintings swung between representational and abstract styles, incorporating 'objects, cast shadows, small ledges'; then from ...

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Italian, 20th century, male.

Installation artist.

Arte Povera.

Coppes was a pupil at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, where he studied with Luciano Fabro, one of the founding fathers of Arte Povera.

He features imaginary spaces in his works. An example is his ...

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Japanese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1950.

Sculptor.

Arte Povera.

Endo Toshikatsu works in wood, coal tar, earth, fire and water. He has taken part in numerous group exhibitions since 1974, mainly in Japan. Other exhibitions were: 1986, Documenta VIII, Kassel; 1987, New York; 1988...

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Italian, 20th century, male.

Born 1936, in Turin; died 22 June 2007, in Milan.

Sculptor, installation artist, environmental artist, performance artist.

Arte Povera.

Luciano Fabro lives and works in Milan. His creations may seem entirely disparate, to which he responds that coherence between different elements across all sections of a work seem unnecessary to him, and that a deeper coherence is provided by the very identity of the artist.His creations are enormously diverse in their appearance, but it has been suggested by Fabro himself that what links them is that they all fall within the domain of Arte Povera. This is convenient, given that the artists using this concept (first coined by Germano Celant in ...

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American, 20th century, male.

Sculptor, environmental artist.

Arte Povera.

Rafaël Ferrer exhibited in New York in 1970. He created environments in the style of Arte Povera by assembling a variety of materials - wood, corrugated iron, neon bulbs.

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American, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in England.

Born 1947, in Salem (Ohio).

Draughtsman, sculptor.

Without joining the Arte Povera movement, which sprang up primarily in Italy from 1968 onward, Joel Fischer nevertheless benefited from it, in that this movement looked at the coarsest materials through new eyes. However, the issue for Fischer is not one of expressivity, as it is for the Arte Povera artists, but rather a reflection on the ambitions of art. In his early career his work was above all intended to be a derisory activity. At this time he began to plait and spin hair, and make nails from old bits of metal or pieces of coarse paper from old clothes. By reaffirming ties with the artisan side of art, Fischer quickly found favour in the USA. Without losing interest in the materials, he began in the 1980s to explore meticulously the medium and subject of his future drawings: chiffon paper, which he makes entirely by hand. The imperfections are exaggerated with charcoal and, in a new space, come to signify a non-accidental form. In ...

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German, 20th – 21st century, female.

Active since 1977 active in France.

Born 1950, in Kronach (Bavaria).

Sculptor, assemblage artist, environmental artist, mixed media.

Arte Povera.

Friedmann is self-taught and settled in Aignay-Le-Duc in Burgundy in 1977, where she lives and works. In the early 1980s, she started photography, focusing on disused locations. Since ...

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Italian, 20th century, male.

Born 1938, in Turin.

Painter.

Arte Povera.

Marco Gastini first exhibited in Turin in 1963, and again in 1965. Since then, he has taken part in many group exhibitions - both in Italy, alongside other avant-garde artists, and abroad, in cities such as Paris, Chicago and Bonn. He has also held solo exhibitions in Italy, and in galleries overseas, most notably: in ...

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Romanian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in Germany from 1980.

Born 11 February 1953, in Bazna.

Sculptor.

Arte Povera.

Johannes Kares first studied choreography in Cluj before transferring to the theatre institute in Bucharest, from which he graduated in 1978. During the same period he was sculpting life-sized works in the studio of another sculptor, Grigore Minea. Settled in Germany, he continued his training as a sculptor with Baumann at the academy of fine arts in Stuttgart. During his summer holidays, he worked in the marble quarries in Azzano, Italy. He settled in Leonberg in ...

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Greek, 20th century, male.

Active in Italy from 1956.

Born 23 March 1936, in Piraeus.

Sculptor of assemblages, painter.

Arte Povera.

Jannis Kounellis started his artistic training in Greece and left for Rome in 1956. He attended courses at the Accademia di Belle Arti and he discovered the works of Alberto Burri and Lucio Fontana and the international avant-garde with Yves Klein and Piero Manzoni....

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German, 20th century, male.

Active in Belgium.

Born 1940, in Düsseldorf.

Sculptor (mixed media).

Arte Povera, Conceptual Art.

Bernd Lohaus initially worked in a carpentry workshop, then began an apprenticeship as a stone-cutter in 1960. After the show Fluxus, which brought together John Cage, Ben, Allen Kaprow, Nam June Paik and Joseph Beuys among others, he studied under Beuys at the school of fine arts in Düsseldorf ...

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Italian, 20th century, male.

Born 13 November 1940, in Gagli di Pesaro Urbino.

Installation artist, performance artist.

Conceptual Art, Arte Povera.

Since 1961, Mattiacci has taken part in a large number of group exhibitions, among them the 1961 Biennale of art in metal held in Gubbio; the exhibition of young artists held at the gallery of modern art in Rome in ...

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French, 20th – 21st century, female.

Born 1950, in Paris.

Painter (mixed media), collage artist.

Nadjia Mehadji has a Moroccan father. Her painting addresses issues of movement and energy in an existential framework. Arte Povera's analysis has informed her pictorial mediation of shape. She resorts to geometric figures to frame her artistic experience. She paints series ( ...