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(1933 – 1963), Italy

Piero Manzoni Biography

A precusor to conceptual art, Manzoni's monochrome paintings used everyday objects such as keys and scissors to apply paint. These painting he called 'Achromes', an ironic critique upon the nature of the valued art object. Active in the 60s, as Italy came to terms with a new post war economic and material order, Manzoni's works turned to these very materials in order to describe universal themes and mythologies. In this he was closely aligned with Arte Povera artists in their attack against the established institutions of government, industry and culture.

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Manzoni is also well known for his sense of humour and wit, with his cans of Artist's Shit (1961) and Artist's Breath (1960) valued at their equivalent weight in gold. His work is represented in many collections around the world including MoMA, New York; the Tate Modern, London; and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

Piero Manzoni Featured Artworks

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Achrome by Piero Manzoni contemporary artwork
Piero ManzoniAchrome, 1958Kaolin on creased canvas
50 x 70 cm
Cardi Gallery Contact Gallery
Achrome by Piero Manzoni contemporary artwork
Piero ManzoniAchrome, c. 1960Watte
48 x 38 cm
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery
Achrome by Piero Manzoni contemporary artwork
Piero ManzoniAchrome, 1961–1962Fibreglass
25.5 x 24 cm
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery
Linea (Line) by Piero Manzoni contemporary artwork
Piero ManzoniLinea (Line), 1960Ink on paper
60 x 49 cm
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery
Linea (Line) by Piero Manzoni contemporary artwork
Piero ManzoniLinea (Line), 1960Ink on paper
60 x 49 cm
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery
Linea lunga 7200 metri
(Long line 7200 meter) by Piero Manzoni contemporary artwork
Piero ManzoniLinea lunga 7200 metri (Long line 7200 meter), 1960Ink on paper, zinc cylinder covered with sheets of lead
66 x 96 cm
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery
Linea m 15,81
(Line m 15,81) by Piero Manzoni contemporary artwork
Piero ManzoniLinea m 15,81 (Line m 15,81), 1959Ink on paper, cardboard tube
31 x 5.5 cm
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery
Linea m 33,63
(Line 33,63 m) by Piero Manzoni contemporary artwork
Piero ManzoniLinea m 33,63 (Line 33,63 m), 1959Ink on paper, cardboard tube
41 x 8.5 cm
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery

Piero Manzoni Current & Recent Exhibitions

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