HAVANA, November 30 (EFE) Italian painter and sculptor Michelangelo Pistoletto, one of the leading exponents of “arte povera” (poor art), has donated the work “Trece menos uno” to the National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana.
Pistoletto, who is visiting the capital of Cuba on the occasion of the 20th Italian Culture Week on the island, has become in recent years a regular visitor off Havana.
“I feel like I’m almost becoming Cuban,” he told the local press invited to the event.
The artist pointed out that a large part of his creative process is totally dedicated to Havana and highlighted as what most strikes the attention of this city “the kindness of its inhabitants and the sense of humanity so great they have.”
A year ago, the famous Italian artist presented an exhibition of his works at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana, and during that stay he also participated in the first Forum Rebirth Geografías de las Transformaciones, where he explained his theory of trinámica.
In a previous visit, in May 2015, Pistoletto had brought the performance “Paradise” to the twelfth Biennial of Plastic Arts of Havana, and received the honorary title of the University of the Arts of Cuba.
The work of Pistoletto (Piedmont, 1933), inscribed in the current of art povera emerged at the end of the decade of the sixties, is characterized by the incorporation of materials of everyday life such as wood, leaves, lead plates or glass , vegetables, waste and clothing, as a critical look at consumer societies.
The use of mirrors, on which he acts, paints images or simply places in a certain way, is another of his recurring themes; besides working frequently with the happening or staging.
Michelangelo Pistoletto has works in art museums and contemporary galleries around the world, including the Tate Gallery in London and the Spanish Museo Reina Sofía, in Madrid.