Creativity and art can bring society towards a more responsible and sustainable world. With this, the final phase of Michelangelo Pistoletto’s work, one which looks to the future, the “Terzo Paradiso” (Third Paradise), is announced. The artist exhibits recent works and old pieces in an ongoing solo show at the Galleria Continua, which reflects eighty years of accomplishments, all created with the same dynamic energy.
Pistoletto has recently been awarded the Praemium Imperial and the Nobel Prize in Art for his painting. The Louvre in Tuscany has given him international recognition for his quadri specchianti, (Mirror Paintings) which have been at the center of his poetry from the early sixties. This work continues through to his last few pieces, Vortice (Vortex) a pair of works in black and white. The consistency of his research is evident from his projects conceived in 1976, contained in the essay “Cento mostre nel mese di ottobre” (One-hundred Exhibitions in the Month of October), some of which have been realized and exhibited with a surprising modernity.
Working for everyone, there is an inscription on a wall ironically closed by four cages that states, “Art is always free.”
Pistoletto states that, “Freedom brings a responsibility, both of which finish in change.” This is illustrated and ties together the recent production of “Terzo Paradiso,” the hallmark of which is a thematic symbol of a stylized infinity. Three juxtaposed circles have been drawn which represent original nature, the artifice of present-day society, and the grembo generativo (generative womb) of a new phase which will change the relationship between humanity and the world. The artist states,
“The perspective—one born in Florence in the fifteenth century—has shaped the world by bringing new modes of progress, but today this phase has concluded. The new renaissance should be put in motion, and thus I have called it Terzo Paradiso. This sign is the new perspective. It is not personal, but perspective, and it speaks of a rapport between the infinite and the finite, between the nature of the first paradise and the artifice of the second paradise, and of the need to return them to a state of balance in order to enter the third phase.”
Challenging the Mayan prophecy, Pistoletto declared December 21, 2012 “Rebirth Day,” the day of rebirth and the year zero. This date recurs every year and will serve to reflect upon his progress in the future. There are big plans linked to the new infinity sign, which is going to be drawn in the sand, sculpted in stone, projected in silhouette through a light and lined with rags, and drawn by people in public performances. It has also become the symbol of a “Manifesto of Sustainability in Italian Fashion,” a guidebook which promotes the sustainable and responsible production of textiles.
The final area investigated by the creativity of Pistoletto is music, in recent collaborations with Enrico Rava and Gianna Nonnini, and with the Tuscan percussion orchestra of Bandao.
By Bianca Nasi