Giovanni Anselmo
Italian, born 1934
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Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2014
The St. Petersburg Paradox,
Swiss Institute
PETALS ON THE WIND - artists of the gallery,
Micheline Szwajcer
2013
Kiasma Hits: 13th Collection Exhibition,
Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art

Sculptor Giovanni Anselmo was one of the founders of the radical Arte Povera movement in Italy in the 1960s. Inspired by the observation of latent forces in the natural world such as gravity, magnetism, weight, and decomposition, he creates sculptures from found objects, various types of stone, plants, and other organic substances. In Torsion (1968), a leather cloth is sunken in a large cement block and twisted around a wooden bar that it holds in place. The sculpture seamlessly blends the torque of the twisted cloth as the centerpiece, the gravity that the wooden bar resists, and the sheer weight of the stone, creating a vortex of intersecting and conflicting forces. Anselmo has also created projection installations that use language to investigate the relationship between abstract categories of thought, such as the finite and the infinite in Particolare (1972).

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