Boetti/Salvo - Torino1966–1973
9 April–27 August 2017 - MASI, LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura / 9 April–23 July 2017 - Spazio –1. Collezione Giancarlo e Danna Olgiati
The Museo d’arte della Svizzera italiana continues its reflection on some of the figures and movements that influenced the history of contemporary art by presenting, from April to 27 August 2017, the exhibition “Boetti/Salvo. Vivere lavorando giocando”. The aim of the exhibition is to analyse the intellectual relationship and friendship that took place between Alighiero Boetti and Salvo in the late 1960s in Turin. A related event will be held at Spazio –1, entitled “Torino 1966–1973”, documenting the vital artistic context of the Arte Povera movement in which the two artists were active.
Boetti/Salvo, Vivere lavorando giocando
“Boetti/Salvo. Vivere lavorando giocando” showcases about 150 works, including international loans from the Archivio Alighiero Boetti in Rome, the Archivio Salvo in Turin, as well as from museums and galleries and private collections.
The first part of the exhibition focuses on the dialogue and the exchange of a conceptual nature between the two artists from the late 1960s to the early ‘70s. It was a period when they spent a great deal of their time surrounded by the general climate of renewal in the Turin of the Arte Povera movements, enlivened in those days by vital and innovative spaces like the Sperone, Notizie and Christian Stein galleries.
The second part of the exhibition, entitled “The Infinite Variety of Everything”, instead focuses on developments subsequent to the two artists’ respective research, which by that time they were carrying out in a completely independent way.
With the aim of reconstructing the intense artistic and cultural scenario in which Boetti and Salvo ventured down their respective paths, Spazio -1 is hosting an exhibition whose aim is to document the artistic climate in Turin between the 1960s and ‘70s. This was a period of great expressive vibrancy, characterized, from 1967 onwards, by the development of the Art Povera movement inspired by the critic Germano Celant. Selected works by Giovanni Anselmo, Pierpaolo Calzolari, Luciano Fabro, Piero Gilardi, Aldo Mondino, Mario Merz, Marisa Merz, Giulio Paolini, Giuseppe Penone, Gianni Piacentino, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Emilio Prini and Gilberto Zorio, as well as by Alighiero Boetti and Salvo, bear witness to the most significant output of that time, as well as to the lively intellectual climate that flourished in Turin in those years.