Metrocubo d'infinito (Cubic Meter of Infinity)


Mirror and rope

120 x 120 x 120 cm (47 1/4 x 47 1/4 x 47 1/4 in.)

In this apparently ordinary, ridiculously sized box, a symbolical cubic metre, is actually vast infinity. A neutral sculpture of six mirrors tied and turned towards the interior, of which only infinite reflections can be imagined, Metrocubo d’Infinito (Infinite cubic metre) focuses Michelangelo Pistoletto’s concerns with the physical potentialities of mirrors and their mystical allusions.

This work, loaded with reflective meaning, belongs to the series of Oggetti in meno (Fewer objects), which gathers a widely varied group of assemblages questioning the existential aspect of a work of art. The title Metrocubo represents for Pistoletto “the immateriality of infinity, less this material body. Hence, the cube is infinity.”

Metrocubo d’Infinito is one of the key works of art at the basis of Michelangelo Pistoletto’s theme, which he recreates, and symbolically destroys, in a number of versions. The Pinault Collection has the original version of this major work, which was first shown at the “Prima Materia” (“Raw Material”) exhibition at the Punta della Dogana.