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Italian, born in 1943

A major figure in Italian contemporary art, as welle as an protagonist of the Arte Povera movement, Pier Paolo Calzolari has been developing since the 1960s an atypical work that revolves around a few recurring materials: tobacco leaf, salt, fire, frost, copper or lead. They play a role in a very personal universe defined by a hermetic and alchemical poetry, where each element both undergoes and produces transformations. Salt and ice conserve, but they can occasionally burn like fire.

Pier Paolo Calzolari's art is inspired by a Franciscan vision of the world, which envisioned a relationship of equality between beings - be they human or animal. It is therefore characterized by horizontal effects that are in some ways reminiscent of the stage of a theater. In a Calzolari’s exhibition, each work contributes to the unfolding of a drama, a dream, a mystery - in the medieval sense of the word. This theatrical dimension unfolds in strange performances inhabited by albino animals but also by sculptures. Calzolari has often compared his work to a temple, in which the sculptures are "never seen as a closed act (...), but rather as the various parts of an organism starting a conversation. »

Calzolari’s works held by the Pinault Collection were shown for the first time during the 2006 exhibition « Where Are We Going ? » at Palazzo Grassi in Venice.

Oroscopo come progetto della mia vita, 1968
Pier Paolo Calzolari

Senza titolo (Materassi), 1970
Pier Paolo Calzolari

Untitled (Iron pall - Tealights - Copper pall), 1989-1990
Pier Paolo Calzolari

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Pier Paolo CALZOLARI © Adagp, Paris, 2021 Courtesy Galleria Christian Stein, Milano Close
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Pier Paolo CALZOLARI © Adagp, Paris, 2021 Photo: Marion Musso & Jean-Luc Simeney Courtesy Archivio Fondazione Calzolari Close
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Pier Paolo CALZOLARI © Adagp, Paris, 2021 Photo : Farbice Seixas Courtesy Fondazione Calzolari and kamel mennour, Paris. Close

Exhibitions

 

Accrochage, Pointe de la Douane, Venice
17/04/2016 - 20/11/16

 

Where Are We Going?, Palazzo Grassi, Venice
29/04/2006 - 01/10/06

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