Half a century after his early death, the Palazzo Reale in Milan dedicates an exhibition to Piero Manzoni, in the city where the artist lived and worked.
As an artist, Piero Manzoni (1933 – 1963) was vehemently opposed to all forms of tradition, resulting in ironic works that criticise mass production and consumerism. An example of such a work is Merda d’Artista (Artist’s Shit) from 1961, where Manzoni created 90 cans with each 30 grams of contents, priced according to the then current value of gold.
The exhibition includes around 100 works, with next to Merda d’Artista works like Achromes, a series of textured white paintings made over a number of years starting from 1957, and Fiato d’Artista (Artist’s Breath) from 1960, a series of inflated balloons attached to a wooden base.
A wide array of original documentaries, posters, photographs, catalogues, and letters complement the works that are on display in the exhibition.