Piero Manzoni, ‘Achrome’, 1961, Guggenheim Museum

Image rights: © 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS) / SIAE Rome

Zero: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s–60s, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, October 17, 2014 – January 7, 2015

Collection: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Gift, Manzoni Family, 1993, 93.4225

About Piero Manzoni

Conceptual artist Piero Manzoni, an enfant terrible of Italian art in the 1950s and early 1960s, is best known for Artist's Shit (Merda d'artista) (1961), 90 sealed cans priced by their weight in gold, one of many works that question the nature of the art object. Other stunts included balloons filled with "artist's breath" and “Living Sculptures,” human subjects signed by Manzoni. His “Achromes” paintings (from 1957 onward), canvases covered in materials like gesso, kaolin, fabric, and bread that undergo sagging, creasing, and other temporal changes, suggest the influence of Yves Klein and Robert Rauschenberg.

Italian, 1933-1963, Soncino, Cremona

Solo Shows

1983
Kamakura Gallery, 
Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo, Japan,
Piero Manzoni

Group Shows

2009
Museo d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Ex Aurum, 
Pescara, Italy,
Cromofobie - Percorsi del Bianco e del Nero nell'Arte Italiana Contemporanea
2007
Fondazione Malvina Menegaz, 
Castelbasso, Province of Teramo, Italy,
Nel Segno della Materia - Pittura Informale Europea e Americana
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