Piero Manzoni, ‘Untitled’, 1959, Il Ponte

cm 22.5x17.2

From C. Laszlo, "La Lune en Rodage 1", Editions Panderma, Basel 1960

Signature: Signed and dated 59 lower right

F. Battino, L. Palazzoli "Piero Manzoni. Catalogue Raisonné" Milano, Edizioni Vanni Scheiwiller, 1991, p. 460 n. 1048 MB ill.
G. Celant "Piero Manzoni. Catalogo Generale, Tomo Primo" Milano, Skira, 2004, p. 151 ill.

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

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

Group Shows

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