Arte Povera exhibit in La Roche sur Yon
Report on the Arte Povera exhibit in La Roche sur Yon, a group of Italian artistes that stage "poor products" (wood, cloth, dirt?) in their artistic creations.
An Italian artistic movement that was anti-establishment and theatrical, Arte Povera, literally "poor art", during the utopian movement of the left in the end of the 1960s. Closer to performance than creation, the actors of this "attitude" favoured the creative process over the finished article.
A perishable, intangible and willingly absurd art, Arte Povera was a reaction to consumer society and the American art market. Anti-pop art, it advocated a return to the essential. By using poor materials like detritus or organic elements, the message of these politicised artists was the emancipation of the economy and of cultural institutions.
The main protagonists were Giovanni Anselmo, Mario Merz, Pino Pascali, Giuseppe Penone, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Gilberto Zorio and the German art critic who came up with the theory, Germano Celant. In their wake, great Plasticiens such as Karel Appel introduced refuse objects into their work.