Conceptual Art, Arte Provera

Alighiero Boetti

Italy 1940 - 1994

Conceptual Art, Arte Povera

Alighiero Boetti
Alighiero Boetti
March 9, 2015
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Alighiero Boetti was a Conceptual artist, often associated with the Arte Povera movement and best known for his series of embroidered maps. Boetti left business school to become an artist, producing a wide variety of works that embraced unusual materials and processes.

Alighiero e Boetti was born in Turin, Italy in 1940. Although not formally trained in art, Boetti was preoccupied with the theory of creativity from an early age. Traveling to Afghanistan at the beginning of the 1970s, he was introduced to the traditional craft of embroidery, which marked a turning point in the artist’s career. His fundamental concern with the relationship between “order” and “disorder” is manifest in his grid structures, derived from the “magical squares,” that feature sayings and aphorisms that stem from cultural, philosophical, mathematical and linguistic contexts. Throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s, Boetti travelled extensively in the Middle East, creating a body of work rooted in his interest in the textile arts of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Many of these works addressed a variety of poetic and playful themes, based on folkloric anecdotes he came across in his travels. Boetti often designed textiles to be embroidered in artisan workshops, resulting in a body of work that cut across national borders, embracing traditional art forms rooted in tradition, collaboration, and ritualistic meanings of creation.

He has been honored post-humously with several large-scale exhibitions, most notably at the Museum für Moderne Kunst in Vienna in 1997 and the Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt am Main in 1998. The 2001 exhibition with Gagosian Gallery was organized in conjunction with the Archivo Boetti in Rome, their first collaboration with a commercial gallery, and is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.

From 1987 until his death, Boetti was completely absorbed in the creation of his largest and most complex tapestry, Tutto, which was created to represent the cultural diversity of the world. Although he died before its completion, Boetti’s work continues to be written about and studied as an important paradigm of the newly international approach of contemporary artists. Having shown in Milan and Turin, Boetti had his first US solo exhibition in New York at John Weber Gallery in 1973. He continued to show throughout Italy and the United States until his premature death in 1994.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2012Alighiero Boetti: Game Plan Tate Modern, London, EnglandSolo
2012Alighiero Boetti: Game Plan Museum of Modern Art, New York, USASolo
2012Alighiero Boetti: Tutto Galerie Andrea Caratsch, Zurich, SwitzerlandSolo
2010Alighiero e Boetti: Insicuro Noncurante Sprüth Magers, Berlin, GermanySolo
2009Mappe Galerie di Meo, Paris, FranceGroup
2009Orientamento Galleria Cardi, Pietrasanta, ItalyGroup
2009Alighiero e Boetti: Mappa, Gladstone Gallery, New York, USA(solo)Group
2009Alighiero e Boetti Museo di Arte Contemporanea Donna Regina, Naples, ItalySolo
2008Order and Disorder Museum Ritter-Sammlung Marli Hoppe-Ritter, Waldenbuch, GermanySolo
2008Eurasia: Dissolvenze geografiche dell’arte Museo di Art Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Roverto, Rovereto, ItalyGroup
2008Red Sky Luhring Augustine, New York, USAGroup
2007Après la pluieMusée départmental d'art contemporain, Rochechouart, FranceGroup
2007Italian Visions: 40 Years of Art Vivian Horan Fine Art, New York, USAGroup
2007Volare Corsoveneziaotto Arte Contemporanea, Milan, ItalyGroup
2007Arte Povera Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, LiechtensteinGroup
2007Numerica Palazzo delle Papesse Centro Arte Contemporanea, ItalyGroup
2007Music to my Eyes esso gallery, New York, USAGroup
2007UntitledEdward Tyler Nahem, New York, USAGroup
2007Alighiero e Boetti Gladstone Gallery, New York, USASolo
2006Alighiero e Boetti: Insicuro Noncurante La Case D’Arte, Milan, ItalySolo
2006Im Anfang war das Wort Langenscheidt KG, Munich, GermanyGroup
2006Wrestle, CCS BardHessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, USAGroup
2006Italian Modernism: Balla to Boetti Barbara Mathes Gallery, New York, USAGroup
2006Cieli Ad Alta Quota Galerie Andrea Caratsch, Zurich, SwitzerlandSolo
2006Il Buco Pio Monti, Rome, ItalyGroup
2006Alighiero Boetti: Un Pozzo Senza Fine, Embroideries Ben Brown Fine Arts, London, EnglandSolo
2005Looking at Words Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, USAGroup
2005Open Systems: Rethinking Art c.1970 Tate Modern, London, EnglandGroup
2005Ordering the Ordinary Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, EnglandGroup
2005Arte Povera Galerie Di Meo, Paris, FranceGroup
2004Alighiero e Boetti Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, USASolo
2003Alighiero e Boetti. Ordere et désordre du monde ouvres 1967-1990 Frac Bourgogne, Dijon, FranceSolo
2002Alighiero Boetti Villa Paleotti Isolani, Minerbio, Bologna, ItalySolo
2002Alighiero Boetti Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, USASolo
2002Alighiero Boetti. Works 1966 1988 Monika Spruth – Philomene Magers, Munich, GermanySolo
2002Simmetria Asimmetria Sperone Westwater, New York, USASolo
2002Alighiero e Boetti Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, USASolo
200220 years Galerie Steinek Galerie Steinek, Vienna, AustriaGroup
2001Alighiero e Boetti. Galerie Guy Bärtschi, Geneva, Switzerland Solo
2001Alighiero Boetti. Niente da vedere niente da nascondere. XLIX Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte, La Biennale di Venezia Padiglione Venezia, Venice, ItalySolo
2001Multipli 1967-2001: Multiples, Editions and Books by the Arte Povera Artists Esso Gallery, New York, USAGroup
2001Zero to Infinity: Arte Povera 1962-1972 Tate Modern, London, England; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USAGroup
2001In Between Crestet Centre d’Art, Vaison La Romaine, FranceGroup
2001Green on Greene Sperone Westwater, New York, USAGroup
2000Open Ends, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USAGroup
2000Le temps vite! Centre Georges Pompidou, Musee National d’Art Moderne, Paris, FranceGroup
2000Minimalia: An Italian Vison in 20th Century Art. PS 1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, USAGroup
1999UntitledWalker Art Center, Minneapolis, USAGroup
1998Alighiero Boetti: Mettere al mondo il mondo Museum für Moderne Kunst&Jahrhunderthalle Hoechst Frankfurt am Main, GermanyGroup
1998Alighiero Boetti Lindig in Paludetto zeitgenössische Kunst Nürnberg, GermanyGroup
1997Alighiero Boetti Galerie Steinek, Vienna, AustriaSolo
1997Alighiero Boetti Galleria Civica d'arte Moderna e Contemporanea Turin, ItalyGroup
1995Simply red Galerie Steinek, Vienna, AustriaGroup
1994Sommercocktail Galerie Steinek, Vienna, AustriaGroup
1993Alternating 1 to 100 and Vice Versa Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USAGroup
1991Alighiero Boetti Galerie Steinek, Vienna, AustriaSolo
1990Sommerausstellung Galerie Steinek, Vienna, AustriaGroup
1990XLIV Biennale di Venezia Venice, ItalyGroup
1989Arazzi Galerie Steinek, Vienna, AustriaGroup
1988Works on paper Galerie Steinek, Vienna, AustriaSolo
1981UntitledGalleria Banco.Massimo Minini Brescia, ItalyGroup
1980La Natura una Faccenda ottusa Galleria Massimo Minini, Brescia, ItalyGroup
1978UntitledKunsthalle Basel, SwitzerlandGroup
1976UntitledGalleria Banco.Massimo Minini Brescia, ItalyGroup