Michelangelo Penso

1964 · Italy

Artist biography

Michelangelo Penso is an established contemporary artist, who originates from Italy. Michelangelo Penso was born in 1964. Some of the artist's contemporaries that are born around the same year and in the same country include Maurizio Cattelan and Grazia Toderi.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Michelangelo Penso's work is on display in two galleries, which are Galerie Alberta Pane | Paris in France and The Flat - Massimo Carasi in Italy. Michelangelo Penso's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Le Désir at Galerie Alberta Pane | Paris in France. The exhibition was open from 13 May 2017 until 29 July 2017. Michelangelo Penso's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; Cronòtopo (07 March 2019 - 17 May 2019) at The Flat - Massimo Carasi in Milan and Thin three-dimensionality (15 November 2018 - 12 January 2019) at The Flat - Massimo Carasi in Milan.

Historical Context of Italy

The classical era of the Romans has exerted a significant influence on the cultural and intellectual development of Italy, contributing to the uniqueness of the country and its splendid artistic heritage. Italy is also the country that embodies the Renaissance, “Riniscita” in its original language, which signifies “rebirth”. From the early 1400s, the Renaissance has been an intense period of cultural and political awakenings, inducing revivals in art, architecture, music, poetry and philosophy. Although significantly affected by the fascism of Mussolini in the modern and contemporary era, Italy has never lost its place as one of the most powerful artistic centres, home to pioneering movements such as Futurism and Arte Povera, as well as the expressive painting of the Transavanguardia and the Minimalism related to the Zero Movement. Some highly influential Italian artists from 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 Michelangelo Penso

Born in 1964, Michelangelo Penso grew up during the 1980s and was influenced by the artistic culture of the time. The 1980s were an era of increasing global capitalism, political upheaval, worldwide mass media, wealth discrepancies and unique music and fashion, characterised by hip hop and electronic pop music. This had a strong impact on the generation of artists growing up during this era. The fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the decade signified the end of the Cold War, yet the era was also marked by the African Famine. During this time influential art movements included Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and Neo-Expressionism, which took a particular hold in Germany, France and Italy. Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were leading artists working at this time, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements, which quickly gained recognition.

Michelangelo Penso

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