Bandiera Rossa (Comizio I)


Mirror and oil on vellum paper

120 x 100 cm

Two men are walking, brandishing the communist flag. When getting closer, viewers see their own reflection in the polished steel plate, thus involuntarily taking part in a leftist demonstration. Bandiera rossa (Comizio I) (“red flag - meeting I”) takes the viewer inside both the image and a disturbing social experience.

Created in 1966, this artwork is part of the Quadri specchianti (mirror paintings) series initiated by Pistoletto at the start of the decade. It skillfully explores the social implications of the mirror-painting process and takes place within the troubled political context of its time.
Held in the Pinault Collection, Michelangelo Pistoletto's Bandiera Rossa (Comizio I) was first shown in 2006 at the Where Are We Going? exhibition at Palazzo Grassi, in Venice.