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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, c. 1960Watte
48 x 38 cm
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery
Achrome by Piero Manzoni contemporary artwork
Piero ManzoniAchrome, 1961–1962Fibreglas
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
Linea (Line) by Piero Manzoni contemporary artwork
Piero ManzoniLinea (Line), 1961Majolica ceramics dish and ink
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery

Piero Manzoni Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Lucio Fontana | Enrico Baj | Piero Manzoni, Lucio Fontana | Enrico Baj | Piero Manzoni at Mazzoleni, Turin
Upcoming
15 October–19 December 2020 Lucio Fontana | Enrico Baj | Piero Manzoni MazzoleniTurin
Contemporary art exhibition, Piero Manzoni, Lines at Hauser & Wirth, New York
Closed
25 April–26 July 2019 Piero Manzoni Lines Hauser & Wirth22nd Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Piero Manzoni, Materials of His Time at Hauser & Wirth, New York
Closed
25 April–26 July 2019 Piero Manzoni Materials of His Time Hauser & Wirth22nd Street, New York

Piero Manzoni Represented By

Hauser & Wirth contemporary art gallery in Hong Kong Hauser & Wirth Hong Kong, Zurich, London, New York, Los Angeles, Somerset, Gstaad, St. Moritz

Piero Manzoni In Related Press

Piero Manzoni and the Reinvention of Art Related Press Piero Manzoni and the Reinvention of Art 20 July 2019, Hyperallergic

The career of Italian artist Piero Manzoni was vanishingly brief; he had his first solo exhibition at the end of 1957, when he was 24, and died of a heart attack in his studio in 1963, five months before his thirtieth birthday. In those handful of years, his goal was nothing less than the regeneration of art as a force in contemporary life...

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Piero Manzoni Related Press Piero Manzoni 1 June 2019, Art in America

The two Piero Manzoni shows on view at Hauser & Wirth, Materials of His Time and Lines, inevitably bring to mind the ample exhibition Gagosian staged a decade ago.

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Nari Ward, Sun Splashed, Pérez Museum of Art, Miami Related Press Nari Ward, Sun Splashed, Pérez Museum of Art, Miami 26 December 2015, Aesthetica

This extraordinary display is the largest exhibition of Nari Ward’s found object sculptures and installations to date, including works from the 1990s to today and also including supporting photography, video, and collage. Together this mid-career show discusses themes including African-American history and culture, the dynamics of power, the...

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