Seven stones in Volvic lava placed at crossroads, 10 x 210 x 120 cm
Commande publique of the Ministère de la culture et de la communication (owner Ciap) in 1994
Born 1933 in Biella in Italy, where Michelangelo Pistoletto lives and works.
The humanistic dimension of Michelangelo Pistoletto is exceptional. It gives an ethical foundation to his work while amplifying and reinforcing its esthetic aspect.
At the 1968's Venice biennial, Pistoletto presents the Collaboration manifesto. From there arose the Zoo, an open group proposing an art of creative exchanges, that is to say of discovery of the other's identity. It is not about pure theatrical action nor about happenings but about an intersubjective activity aiming to create beyond the object. This kind of activity goes through the entire carrier of the artist, intertwining family, friends, artists, up to the completion of his goal through the creation of Cittadellarte in 1996 in Biella. It's the action of dividing-multiplying the mirror that is applied to the microcosmic community of Cittadellarte. In a disuse textile mill of this region once specialized in the fabrication of threads from the finest wools, in a grandiose architecture, he invites researchers, mature or blooming artists, writers, scientists in a melting pot where the exchanges of ideas can give birth to fruitful and active collaboration in the field of social dynamics.