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Giovanni Anselmo

Born in 1934, in Borgofranco d’Ivrea (a province of Turin, Italy)

Lives and works in Turin (Italy)

Anselmo conceives the artist’s mission as “keeping open and alive” the “points of energy” that are “I, the world, things, life”. The artist sees his task as maintaining states of equilibrium in space and time.

Anselmo incorporates into his work natural materials (stone, wood, iron) which he combines with plant materials (sponge, lettuce, etc.), using their intrinsic natural qualities as much as their symbolic meaning. The artist, a member of the Italian art movement Arte Povera brought together by art critic Germano Celant in 1968, creates tension between combinations of antagonistic materials and masses. He reflects on the order of things, the cycles of nature and more generally the existential relationship between man and nature within the cosmos.

Selected Bibliography

Bertola, Chiara, Anselmo, Giovanni, Ammann, Jean-Christophe...[et al]. Giovanni Anselmo : Senza titolo, invisibile,dove le stelle si avvicinano di una spanna in più, mentre oltremare appare verso Sud-Est, e la luce focalizza...[exposition, Venise, Fondazione Querini Stampalia, 10.05-24.09, 2017]. Venise : Fondazione Querini Stampalia, 2017.

Christov-Bakargiev, Carolyn, Beccaria, Marcella. Giovanni Anselmo : [Exhibition, Castello di Rivoli Museo d'arte contemporanea, Rivoli, April 6-September 25, 2016]. Milano : Skira, 2016.

Hegyi, Lorand ; Guercio, Gabriele. Giovanni Anselmo [exposition, Saint-Etienne, Musée d’art moderne et contemporain Saint-Etienne Métropole, 13 juin 2015 au 24 janvier 2016]. Torre Pellice : Tucci Russo, 2015.

Debailleux, Henri-François, "Arte Povera : Giovanni Anselmo dans les étoiles", Le Journal des Arts, n°424, p.30, novembre-décembre 2014, 1 p.

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