Piero Manzoni

1933 · Italy

Artist biography

Piero Manzoni was a visual artist, who originates from Italy, like other prominent artists such as Mirella Bentivoglio, Sebastiano Sofia, Luca Caccioni, Mauro Perucchetti, and Ignazio Moncada. Piero Manzoni was born in 1933.

Galleries

Piero Manzoni is represented by two galleries. These are Tornabuoni Art | London in the United Kingdom and Kanalidarte in Italy.

Piero Manzoni in private collections

It is the collector Collezione Tatanini, who is in possession of work by Piero Manzoni at Artland. Collezione Tatanini also has works by other artists including Paul Cupido, Ghizlane Sahli, and Françoise Coutant.

Historical Context of Italy

Italy has been vastly lush in cultural power since the time of the Romans, this classical period has exerted a major influence on the cultural growth and identity of the country. Italy is also the realm of the Renaissance, called 'Rinascita' in Italian, meaning 'rebirth'. The Renaissance has been considered, from the early 1400s, as the first extensive flowering of cultural sophistication in art, architecture, music, poetry, philosophy and politics since the Middle Ages.

In the modern and contemporary period, Italy was afflicted by the fascism of Mussolini but has nevertheless endured as an important heart for artistic expression, initiating movements such as Futurism, Arte Povera and the Minimalism related to the Zero Movement, as well as the expressive painting of the Transavanguardia. Critically acclaimed Italian artists of the twentieth and twenty first centuries include Giorgio Di Chirico, Giacomo Balla, Giorgio Morandi, Alberto Giacometti, Lucio Fontana, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Francesco Clemente and Mimmo Paladino.

Further Biographical Context for Piero Manzoni

Piero Manzoni was born in 1933 and was primarily influenced by the 1950s. Abstract Expressionism, a form of painting that studied notions of spirituality and the sublime, dominated the 1950s. A number of artists focused on the formal properties of painting, and action painting was influenced by the political freedom of the United States, as opposed to the strict nature of the Soviet bloc.

New York City became the focus for modernism on an international scale during the Post-War period. Many artists had travelled to the city during the Second World War, fleeing in exile from Europe. This led to a significant pooling of talent and ideas. Influential Europeans such as Piet Mondrian, Josef Albers and Hans Hoffmann provided inspiration for American artists whilst in New York, and influenced cultural growth in the United States for many later decades.

Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb were predominant artists of this period. The male dominated environment has been subsequently revisited to acknowledge the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

Piero Manzoni

  • Artworks in Collections 1
  • Exhibitions 12

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