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What is Arte Povera

Cultural, Theoretical, and Innovative Approaches to Contemporary Interior Design
It is an artistic movement that originated in Italy during the 1960s. Its main characteristic consists in the use of “poor” materials to produce pieces of art. Combining aspects of minimalism, performance art and processual art, this tendency also has a political motivation, trying to subvert the commercial world of art. Some of the most important exponents of Arte Povera are Michelangelo Pistoletto, Mario Merz, Jannis Kounellis, Luciano Fabro, Alighiero Boetti, Giovanni Anselmo, Giulio Paolini, Pino Pascali, and Gilberto Zorio.
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Art and Space: New Boundaries of Intervention
Giulia Crespi (Archivio Emilio Isgrò, Italy)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-2823-5.ch009
The duo “art and space” looks very easy to understand: art interacts with spaces, uses spaces, or simply fills spaces. However, starting from this simple consideration, what this chapter would like to propose is a reflection about a kind of art that creates spaces and places instead, expanding the discussion about the interdisciplinary approach of artists to creation. Considering the works of some artists that have made the intervention on spaces one of their prerogatives, the research focuses on the new connections that arise between the artist and the public through these creations. The imagery of Yayoi Kusama, Tomas Saraceno, Anish Kapoor, Cristina Iglesias, Carsten Nicolai, Rudolf Stingel, among others, allows a different perception, most of time asking to the spectator itself an active part in the work of art. The chapter offers a specific case study dedicated to the work of the Dutch artist Krijn de Koning.
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