Michelangelo Pistoletto’s Il Terzo Paradiso/ Rebirth on view at the Verona Arena until February 28, 2017 |   January 31, 2017

On January 30, 2017 Michelangelo Pistoletto’s installation Il Terzo Paradiso, also known as Rebirth,  has been inaugurated at the Verona Arena, and it will be on view until February 28, 2017.

Il Terzo Paradiso is a representation of the symbol of infinity: two circular elements are joined to create a bigger central circle thus alluding to the nature’s cycles of regeneration and also to the social role that art plays in responsibly transforming the society in harmony with science and nature.

Il Terzo Paradiso, Michelangelo Pistoletto
Michelangelo Pistoletto’s Il Terzo Paradiso, Verona Arena

Michelangelo Pistoletto’s Il Terzo Paradiso, Verona Arena

Il Terzo Paradiso was initially created in 2003 and presented at the Venice Biennale in 2005 and after that has travelled around the world reaching several of the most significant places of international culture, as the Louvre Museum in Paris. In 2015, on the occasion of the seventy anniversary of the United Nations, a permanent installation of Il Terzo Paradiso was created at the United Nations Palace in Ginevra.

In Verona Pistoletto conceived his installation specifically within the space of the Arena, which is the centre of the city. Il Terzo Paradiso is made of 96 small wooden boards covered with aluminium and it thus changes its colors according to the light and the perspective of the viewer.

The installation is curated by Sandro Orlandi Stagl and Fortunato D’Amico and it was realized under the supervision of Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto.

Michelangelo Pistoletto’s first personal exhibition in Cuba opening on November 25 at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana |   November 23, 2016

The Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, in cooperation with Galleria Continua and Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto, announces the first personal exhibition ever presented in Cuba by Michelangelo Pistoletto, an Italian artist considered fundamental in the birth of Arte Povera.

The exhibition will open on November 25, 2016 and will be on view through March 13, 2017. The selection of works included in the show offers a wide panoramic view of Pistoletto’s career including both some more emblematic historical works belonging to the early stages of his activity, such as Oggetti in Meno (Minus Objects), 1965-1966 and the Venere degli stracci (Venus of the rags), 1967-1974, and more recent works. Among the latter, a new series of Mirror Paintings specifically produced for this exhibition venue, inspired by Pistoletto’s stay in Cuba in 2015, on the occasion of his participation in the XII Biennale of Havana.

The eighteen new mirrors depict the daily life in Cuba, showing, on top of reflection backgrounds, people photographed on the streets or in common spaces, busy with simple daily activities, without posing for the lenses or with forced gestures.

From November 22 to November 24 the Gran Teatro de la Havana Alicia Alonso will host the Third Rebirth Forum “Geographies of the Transformation”, an initiative organized by Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture of Cuba, the United Nations and Galleria Continua to discuss future transformations of Cuban society.

More information about the exhibition and the Forum can be found here.

View of Michelangelo Pistoletto’s exhibition, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba, 2016. Photo by Paola Martínez Fiterre. Courtesy GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins / Habana