L’ Italia Riciclata

29/08/2012 - 25/11/2012

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the piece by Michelangelo Pistoletto L’Italia Riciclata (Italy Recycled) at the Giardino delle Vergini


the Italian Pavilion at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition  

of the Venice Biennale


Architecture Made in Italy from Adriano Olivetti to Green Economy


by Luca Zevi Venice, Tese delle Vergini all’Arsenale

Opening 28th August  at 17 p.m.

from 29th August to  25th November 2012


August 18th and 19th on the lawn of the Giardino delle Vergine the Master of Arte Povera makes a site-specific work for the Italian Pavilion curated by Luca Zevi.

No artist could be closer to the theme of the Italian Pavilion at this Biennale: production, creativity, sustainability and solidarity.  Throughout his long and prestigious artistic career – Golden Lion for his career at the Venice Visual Arts Biennale in 2003 – he has given tangible proof of attaining to this thematic not only and exclusively in his vast oeuvre. In the nineties, in a disused factory in Biella, his hometown, he founded the Cittadellarte- Fondazione Pistoletto. This is a great interdisciplinary centre both for the formation of young artists and creators from all over the world and for the elaboration and production of art projects which are original, socially responsible and based on sustainable economy.


The artwork that I have made for the Italian Pavilion at the 13th Venice International Architecture Biennale is entitled L’Italia Riciclata (Italy Recycled).

I have been working for a while on the concept of recycling, the “Venere degli Stracci” (1967) and the flag “Italia di Stracci” (2000) are an example.

At this Biennale, particularly in the Italian Pavilion, it is clear that this is the age of re-vision and of the re-proposal of urban life.

The conspicuous space dedicated to the old Olivetti company in Ivrea proves the need for reconstruction, both ideally and practically, of discarded and abandoned exemplary situations of the growing financial fever of which we are today seeing the often tragic results. A rebirth is needed, some might say a Renaissance. I believe that Modernity can be compared to the Middle Ages.

The steeples of the gothic cathedrals come from the skies like the rockets of the 1900s.

After the Modern we need, once more, a Renaissance.

Let us stand and together try, with art and architecture, as was done in 15th century Italy, to create new perspectives.

The table of Italy Recycled is proposed simultaneously as a living meeting place for those excellencies that through regenerated creativity can truly activate this perspective.

Written by Michelangelo Pistoletto


A large wooden outline of Italy measuring 793 cm x 812 cm will be positioned 40 cm from the ground on the lawn of the Giardino delle Vergini overlooking the Pavilion on which the master will intervene with a variety of recycled materials collected from within the Biennale, giving shape to his creation.

The work has been coordinated artistically by RAM radioartemobile and technically by the architect Maurizio Molini.


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