Arte Povera

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The term Arte Povera ( Italian: poor art) was coined on September 27, 1967 by the art critic and curator Germano Celant after he had an exhibition in his hometown of Genoa with works by six Italian artists - Alighiero Boetti , Luciano Fabro , Jannis Kounellis , Pino Pascali , Giulio Paolini and Emilio Prini - with the title Arte povera e IM spazio (English: poor art and IM space) showed.

Arte Povera stands for a movement of visual artists from Rome and northern Italy from the second half of the 1960s and 1970s. The works of Arte Povera are typically spatial installations made up of “poor”, i.e. H. Ordinary and everyday materials (earth, broken glass, wood, string, etc.). One of the first venues was the “Action Room 1” founded in 1969 in Munich by Alfred Gulden and friends, a hall in which action and concept art as well as Arte Povera were shown.

The most important collection of Arte Povera artists outside of Italy is now in the Liechtenstein Art Museum .

Other representatives


  • Arte Povera 1971 and 20 years later , catalog Kunstverein München, 1991, DuMont ISBN 3-7701-2865-6
  • Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev , Arte Povera (Themes and Movements) , Phaidon, Berlin 1998, ISBN 978-0-7148-3413-9
  • Claudia Bulk, The importance of energy in nature and culture in the works of the artists of Arte Povera , inaugural dissertation to obtain a doctorate from the Philosophical Faculty of the University of Cologne (2001) ( online edition ; PDF, 232 pages)
  • Nike Bätzner: Arte Povera. Texts on art theory. Philo, Berlin 1995 ISBN 3-364-00314-9 (Celant, Germano. Szeemann, Harald. Pistoletto, Michelangelo. Kounellis, Jannis. Merz, Mario. Amman, Jean-Christophe. Renato Barilli, Achille Bonito Oliva, Piero Gilardi, Tommaso Trini, Giovanni Anselmo, Alighiero Boetti, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Luciano Fabro, Marisa Merz , Giulio Paolini, Pino Pascali, Giuseppe Penone, Emilio Prini, Gilberto Zorio, Marco Meneguzzo)
  • "Che fare? Arte povera. The historical years ”, exhibition catalog Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein ; by Christiane Meyer-Stoll, Friedemann Malsch and Valentina Pero. Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg 2010. ISBN 978-3-86828-165-1
  • Bettina Ruhrberg, Arte Povera. History, theory and works of an artistic movement in Italy, Cologne 1992 (inaugural dissertation from the Philosophical Faculty of the University of Bonn)

Web links

Commons : Arte Povera  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Thomas Kellein (Ed.): 1968. The great innocence . Kunsthalle Bielefeld March 15 to August 2, 2009, DuMont, 2009, ISBN 978-3-8321-9168-9 , p. 362