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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : Reina Sofia : Room 104.06

Today we arrive at Reina Sofia’s Room 104.06 – Living Spaces – Politics of Arte Povera. For our weekly Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.

Arte Povera was a movement that developed in Italy in the 1960s. Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these!

1. Murano Glass and Pure Silk Indiana [Glass Foot], 1968-1972 by Luciano Fabro
2. The Legs, 1978, by Mario Merz
3. Black Well, 1966, Michelangelo Pistoletto

Image credit for artworks : Reina Sofia

Some fun facts about the Museum :

  • ‘Arte Povera’ translates to ‘poor art’. It refers to a visual movement wherein artists employed affordable and cheap raw materials. These were used to create works of fine art. The term was first used by art critic Germano Celant in 1967.
  • The movement was set in the era when Italy went from being a under-developed nation to a country with a booming economy.
  • However, Arte Povera artists opposed industrialisation that had fuelled the country’s unprecedented economic growth.
  • Major artists associated with this movement are Michelangelo Pistoletto, Luciano Fabro. Also, Mario Merz and Alighiero Boetti. Most of them came from industrial towns and cities themselves.

A Final Thought on Arte Povera

Arte Povera caused a massive shift in the idea of what art is and can be. It vociferously put forth the notion that art is whatever the artist says it is. It challenged all traditional modes of creation and aesthetics. And presented a form of art that was simplistic yet politically charged.


Visit Art From Us Archive for Museum Guide collated by Divvya Nirula. Here you shall find more suggestions on where you should visit next. And what you should see there. 

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