Pistoletto Opens At PMA November 2

The Philadelphia Museum of Art will present the first major survey of works by Michelangelo Pistoletto in the United States in more than twenty years. In collaboration with the Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo (MAXXI), Rome, the exhibition will include 100 examples of his work from 1965-1974. A separate interactive component called Michelangelo Pistoletto: Cittadellarte, both an exhibition and educational platform, will also be on view.

The image above is from his Quadri specchianti (Mirror Paintings). From the PMA press release, "Pistoletto created his Quadri specchianti by attaching figures—which he had hand-painted on tissue paper—to the mirrored surfaces of polished stainless steel panels. By doing so, the artist incorporated the viewer’s reflected image, making this interactive and figurative relationship fundamental to the experience of his work."

The show opens November 2 and runs through January 16, 2011. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. www.philamuseum.org

Sacra conversazione (Anselmo, Zorio, Penone, 1973 in Pistoletto’s house on via Cibrario in Turin. Courtesy of Cittadellarte‐Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella, Italy