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Alighiero Boetti

Alighiero Boetti (1940 - 1994) was a conceptual artist and designer who was largely associated with the Arte Povera movement. He is most recognised for his tapestry works; they consist of different formats which are separated into grids, mottos and phrases invented by the artist. Boetti’s work often questioned the relationship between the artist and the work, regarding authorship, seriality and continuity. His travels to Afghanistan heavily influenced aspects of his practice which can be seen in pieces like his ‘’Mappa’’ series. During his time there, he was absorbed by the tension and the disjointed structure of order and chaos. His ‘large Map of the World’ (1989) is on permanent display as an important feature of the collection of The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Alighiero Boetti was among the artists included in Harald Szeemann’s seminal exhibition “When attitudes become form” (1969). He has participated six times at the Venice Biennale: his personal room won a prize in 1990 and a posthumous homage was held in 2001. He has been honored post-humously with several large-scale exhibitions, most notably at the Museum für Moderne Kunst in Vienna in 1997 and the Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt am Main in 1998. Notable exhibitions dedicated to his work include those at MADRE - Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Naples (2009) and Museum Ritter, Waldenbuch, Germany (2008). 

Gallery exhibitions:

Paolo Angelosanto, Maurizio Arcangeli, Nanni Balestrini, Angelo Bellobono, Thomas Bernard, Alighiero Boetti, Christian Breed, Danilo Bucchi, Carl D'Alvia, Gino de Dominicis, Maurizio Donzelli, Stefania Fabrizi, Licia Galizia, Robert Gligorov, Renato Mambor, Fabio Mauri, Riccardo Murelli, Luca Padroni, Giulio Paolini, Luca Patella, Dino Pedriali, Daniela Perego, Luana Perilli, Vettor Pisani, Renzogallo, Toomattos (Roxy in the box e Carlo Rossi) Gian Maria Tosatti (Hotel de la Lune), Ilir Zefi | Titled/Untitled | Wunderkammern Rome