February 21, 2020

Arte Povera: Italian Landscape Highlights Art Movement That Shaped Contemporary Art

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  • On February 8, 2020, the Italian Embassy of the Philippines, in partnership with the Metropolitan Museum of Manila and the Security Bank Corporation, introduced Arte Povera: Italian Landscape.

    This art exhibit, which is being shown for the first time in Asia, runs from February 10 to April 30, 2020 at the Tall Galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Manila

    (L-R) Fe Rodriguez, Joselito Campos Jr., Amb. Giorgio Guglielmino of Italy, Danilo Eccher, Tina Colayco, Doris Magsaysay-Ho, Chuchu Madrigal Eduque, Luis Virata Jr.

    Arte Povera: Italian Landscape is arguably one of the most important art movements to come out of Italy.

    It started around the 1960s and lasted through the 70s. It attempted to break down the rules of traditional art by redefining its “purpose” through engaging its audience in highly experimental ways.

    Mario Merz, Untitled (Igloo) 1978

    This included fascinating studies of using unprocessed materials to refer to the emergence of consumer culture. By reflecting on the socio-political life of Italians at the time, Arte Povera inevitably changed the way society viewed art.

    Jannis Kounellis, Untitled 2005

    Art was no longer a bystander of its time; it could be used as a tool to generate dialogue. What was considered “beautiful” was no longer caged in what was “perfection” but what was happening at the present time.

    It is inevitable, then, that such a powerful movement shaped what contemporary art is.  

    Giovanni Anselmo, Lung oil sentiero verso oltremare 1997

    The exhibit is curated by Danilo Eccher, a highly respected Italian art critic and curator who has served as director for several cultural institutions since 1989, including the Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome, among others. 

    Danilo Eccher, Curator

    Don’t miss Arte Povera: Italian Landscape art exhibit until April 30 at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila located at BSP Complex, Roxas Blvd., Malate, Manila. The admission fee is priced at Php 100 for adults and students, and Php 80 for senior citizens and PWDs.

    Also read: Arte Povera: Italian Landscape Opens on February 10 at the MET Museum

    To learn more about Arte Povera, visit the Metropolitan Museum of Manila website. 

    This is a press release. Edits were made prior to publishing.
    Images courtesy of Arte Povera

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