Michelangelo Pistoletto, ‘La Stufa di Oldenburg’, Christie's

Michelangelo Pistoletto (b. 1933)

La Stufa di Oldenburg

signed, titled and dated 'Pistoletto 1965 "la stufa di Oldenburg"' (on the reverse)

painted tissue paper on polished stainless steel

78 3/4 x 47 1/4 in. (200 x 120 cm.)

Executed in 1965.

Signature: signed, titled and dated 'Pistoletto 1965 "la stufa di Oldenburg"' (on the reverse)

Minneapolis, Walker Art Center, Michelangelo Pistoletto: A Reflected World, April-May 1966, cat. no. 25.

Bordeaux, CAPC musée d'art contemporain; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía; Art Cologne; Hamburger Bahnhof; Rome, Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna; Museo d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto; Geneva, Musée Rath; Tokyo, Sezon Museum of Art; Sendai, Miyagi Museum of Art; Hiroshima, Fukuyama Museum of Art and Kyoto, National Museum of Modern Art, Collection Sonnabend: 25 Années de Choix et d'Activités d'Ileana et Michael Sonnabend, October 1987-February 1991, p. 165 (illustrated in color).

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Pop Art: an International Perspective, October 1992-January 1993, pp. 241 and 270, no. 182, pl. 178 (illustrated in color).

Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Sammlung Sonnabend: von der Pop-art bis heute Amerikanische und europäische Kunst seit 1954, February-May 1996, p. 97 (illustrated in color).

Turin, Castello di Rivoli Museo d‘Arte Contemporanea, Quotidiana, February-May 2000, p. 187 (illustrated in color).

Paris, Centre Pompidou–Musée National d'Art Moderne, Les Années Pop: 1956-1968, March-June 2001, no. 65.27 (illustrated in color).

Kunsthaus Zurich, Europop, February-May 2008, pp. 20-21 (illustrated in color).

The Estate of Ileana Sonnabend, acquired directly from the artist

By descent to the present owner

About Michelangelo Pistoletto

A leading figure in the development of Arte Povera and Conceptual art, Michelangelo Pistoletto is best known for his “mirror paintings” beginning in the 1960s, which first used grounds of metallic paint on canvas before rejecting canvas entirely for polished steel. Pistoletto’s life-size, photo-silkscreened images of people atop highly reflective surfaces integrate the environment and viewer into the work. In his “minus objects,” sculptures that explore how objects become artworks through the ideas they express, Pistoletto uses “poor” materials as a liberation from the traditional art system, as in his 1967 work Venus of the Rags, a copy of the classical figure set against a mound of old clothes and rags. An early performance art innovator, Pistoletto founded The Zoo in the late 1960s, which joined artists, intellectuals, and the public for collaborative “actions” that unified art and daily life.

Italian, b. 1933, Biella, Italy, based in Turin, Italy