Alighiero Boetti

Italian, 1940–1994

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Alighiero Boetti

Italian, 1940–1994

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Conceptual artist Alighiero e Boetti was associated with the Arte Povera movement. Heavily influenced by his travels to Afghanistan, in his "Mappa" series (1971-92), Boetti directed Afghan craftswomen to embroider maps with geopolitical entities represented by their flags. His 1993 work Alternating 1 to 100 and Vice Versa, a kilim (woven tapestry), similarly recruited others for the design and execution. Boetti was preoccupied with the tension between order and disorder or chance, as seen in his recurring grid structures. Viewing himself as a dual being, he introduced the "e" (meaning "and") into his name to signify a twinned nature.

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High auction record
£2m, Christie's, 2014
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Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 8 more
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Tate, and 1 more
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Artforum, and 3 more
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Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 4 more
Biography

Conceptual artist Alighiero e Boetti was associated with the Arte Povera movement. Heavily influenced by his travels to Afghanistan, in his "Mappa" series (1971-92), Boetti directed Afghan craftswomen to embroider maps with geopolitical entities represented by their flags. His 1993 work Alternating 1 to 100 and Vice Versa, a kilim (woven tapestry), similarly recruited others for the design and execution. Boetti was preoccupied with the tension between order and disorder or chance, as seen in his recurring grid structures. Viewing himself as a dual being, he introduced the "e" (meaning "and") into his name to signify a twinned nature.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Auction
High auction record
£2m, Christie's, 2014
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 8 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 4 more
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Articles Featuring Alighiero Boetti
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Mar 12th, 2019
The Free-Spirited Amalfi Coast Weekend That Launched Arte Povera
Feb 26th, 2019
10 Textile Artists Who Are Pushing the Medium Forward
Oct 31st, 2016
Michelangelo Pistoletto’s Reflections Bring the Viewer into the Work
Jun 30th, 2015
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