Leather, wood and steel

44 x 40 cm (17 5/16 x 15 3/4 in.)

A cow skin covers the world: this could be a description of Pellemondo (which can be translated as “leather world”). However, far from being a mere joke in material form, Claudio Parmiggiani's artwork arouses many emotions and thoughts.

First and foremost, the work is aesthetically powerful. Simple, formally perfect and incongruous, it seems to be an exotic object from a curiosity cabinet. Also, Pellemondo is not the only artwork of its kind. It announces one of the artist's masterpieces, Zoo Geometrico (1969), a boat filled with pure volumes (sphere, pyramid, cylinder...) covered in animal skin fabric. Sometimes considered as a manifesto of Arte Povera, Pellemondo attests to the boldness, inventiveness and wit of this unique artist.

Held in the Pinault Collection, this artwork by Claudio Parmiggiani was first shown in 2006 at the Where Are We Going? exhibition at Palazzo Grassi, in Venice.
Claudio Parmiggiani's other artwork