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(1940 - 1994), Italy

Alighiero Boetti Biography

Travelling to Afghanistan at the beginning of the 1970s, he was introduced to the traditional craft of embroidery, which marked a turning point in the artist's career. In his consequent Territori Occupati series (1971-92) he commissioned Afghan embroiderers to create a maps of the world, with each country bearing the colours and pattern of its flag. The commission grew into a beautifully crafted, large-scale series of maps produced over a period of twenty years in Kabul, Afghanistan and Peshawar, Pakistan. The land mass of each country is filled in with its flag.

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His fundamental concern with the relationship between "order" and "disorder" is manifest in his grid structures, derived from the "magical squares," that feature sayings and aphorisms that stem from cultural, philosophical, mathematical and linguistic contexts. Throughout his career Boetti worked with a wide array of materials, tools, and techniques, including ball pens (biro) and even the postal system. However it is his fascination with patterns and his pataphysical approach to mathematics and seriality that mark him out as a kind of satirical cabbalist trying to identify the one key system that will perhaps reveal some kind of universal answer.

Alighiero Boetti was born in Turin, Italy. Although not formally trained in art, Boetti was preoccupied with the theory of creativity from an early age. His early work from the late 1960s is rooted in the Arte Povera style. Initially showing in Milan and Turin, Boetti had his first US solo exhibition in New York at John Weber Gallery in 1973. He continued to show throughout Italy and the United States until his premature death in 1994. He has been honoured posthumously 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. The artist took part in Documentas 5 (1972) and 7 (1982) and the Venice Biennale (1978, 1980, 1986, 1990, 1995). In 2001, the Venice Pavillon was completely dedicated to Alighiero e Boetti’s work. In 2012 the exhibition Game Plan, was shown at the MoMA New York.

Alighiero Boetti Featured Artworks

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Senza titolo (Pantere) by Alighiero Boetti contemporary artwork
Alighiero BoettiSenza titolo (Pantere), 1988Mixed media on paper mounted on canvas
69.8 x 100.3 cm
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Alternandosi e Dividendosi (Positivo-Negativo) by Alighiero Boetti contemporary artwork
Alighiero BoettiAlternandosi e Dividendosi (Positivo-Negativo), 1988–1989Embroidery
106.5 x 106.5 cm
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Senza titolo (Cartoline astratte in una giornata dell'amato vento...) by Alighiero Boetti contemporary artwork
Alighiero BoettiSenza titolo (Cartoline astratte in una giornata dell'amato vento...), 1989Mixed media on paper mounted on canvas
100 x 70 cm
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A tutto tondo mettere al mondo by Alighiero Boetti contemporary artwork
Alighiero BoettiA tutto tondo mettere al mondo, 1977Mixed media on paper (mounted on canvas)
162 x 200 cm
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Senza titolo (Millenovecentottantacinque) by Alighiero Boetti contemporary artwork
Alighiero BoettiSenza titolo (Millenovecentottantacinque), 1985Mixed media on paper
70 x 50 cm
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Senza titolo (Scimmie) by Alighiero Boetti contemporary artwork
Alighiero BoettiSenza titolo (Scimmie), 1990Mixed media on paper, on canvas
100 x 70 cm
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Piegarespiegare by Alighiero Boetti contemporary artwork
Alighiero BoettiPiegarespiegare, 1980Ballpoint pen on paper
70 x 100 cm
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Ononimo by Alighiero Boetti contemporary artwork
Alighiero BoettiOnonimo, 1975Black ballpoint pen on cardboard
70 x 100 cm
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Alighiero Boetti Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Alighiero Boetti, Embroideries Including Mappas, Tuttos and a Rug at Ben Brown Fine Arts, London
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28 February–29 May 2019 Alighiero Boetti Embroideries Including Mappas, Tuttos and a Rug Ben Brown Fine Arts, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Towards Infinity: 1965-1980 at Simon Lee Gallery, London
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4 July–7 September 2018 Group Exhibition Towards Infinity: 1965-1980 Simon Lee Gallery, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Towards Infinity: 1965-1980 at Simon Lee Gallery, New York
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2 May–16 June 2018 Group Exhibition Towards Infinity: 1965-1980 Simon Lee Gallery, New York

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Major shows in Venice and Paris to map Alighiero Boetti’s monumental spectrum Related Press Major shows in Venice and Paris to map Alighiero Boetti’s monumental spectrum 21 December 2016, The Art Newspaper

Alighiero Boetti (1940-94), the post-war Italian conceptual artist whose star has been in the ascendant in recent years, will be the subject of major exhibitions in Venice and Paris. Coinciding with the opening week of the Venice Biennale (8-13 May), an ambitious survey of Boetti's work will bring together his largest and smallest pieces from 11...

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Art Sales: globe-trotting gallerists Related Press Art Sales: globe-trotting gallerists 8 March 2015, The Telegraph

One of the most radical changes in the art world in the last 20 years is the way in which art fairs have become indispensable to a gallery’s economic well being. A report commissioned by The European Fine Art Fair in Maastricht in 2014 said that a broad section of the world’s galleries made an average 33 per cent of their income through...

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