De Fornaris works at the Hermitage

From "Che fare? By Mario Merz, almost an icon of the movement, to "Torsione" by Giovanni Anselmo and to "Omaggo a Billie Holiday" by Pino Pascali. Then, "Rosa-blu-rosa" by Gilberto Zorio and “Trattenere diciassette anni di crescita (continuerà a crescere tranne che in quel punto)” e “Lavorare sugli alberi – Alpi Marittime” by Giuseppe Penone. A large group of works by Fondazione De Fornaris are exhibited until August 16 at the Hermitage in St. Petersburg in the exhibition "Arte povera: una rivoluzione creativa”, curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev and Dimitri Ozerkov. On the third floor of the Winter Palace, they are located next to many other works from Castello di Rivoli and Gam, Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Torino, as well as foundations and private collections, to give life to the first exhibition of Arte Povera ever made in a Russian public museum. In addition to Pistoletto, Fabro, Boetti, Kounellis, Prini, there are the "precursors" Burri and Manzoni - with works from Collezione Cerruti - and Fontana, of which there is "Concetto spaziale (Attese)" of 1964, loaned by Gam. In front of the "Venere degli stracci" of Pistoletto, a work created site specific by the master, a "Third Paradise" also made up of rags. The exhibition begins with a historical section that explains the genesis of the group of artists mostly from Turin who knew how to "break" with tradition, in the name of freedom in the use of materials present in nature or linked to the production of industry: and not it is a case that is set up in the same spaces where, at the end of the Sixties, the Impressionists were exposed for the first time, until then banned. The exhibition continues in the main courtyard of the Winter Palace, where the sculpture of Penone "Idee di pietra - 1372 kg di luce" is exhibited.

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