Piero Gilardi

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Born in 1942 in Turin (Italy). Lives and works in Turin (Italy). 

 

He produced his first «nature-carpets» (tappeti-natura) using polyurethane foam, and showed than at the Sperone gallery (Turin) in 1966, then in 1967 at the Sonnabend gallery (Paris) and the Fischbach gallery (New York).In 1968, he ceased producing artworks and embarked on a career as an art critic, becoming the correspondent for the magazine Flash Art. Travelling around Europe and the United States, he introduced Italy in the works of Richard Long, Eva Hesse, Jan Dibbets, and Bruce Nauman, and helped put on two major international shows: When Attitudes Become Form (Bern, 1969) and Op Losse Schroeven (Amsterdam, 1969), which both presente the art tendencies of the moment (Arte Povera, Land Art, Antiform Art). 

 

In 1969, start a lengthy activist and transcultural experience which aimed at theoretical analysis, and the “Arte Vita” (Art Life) conjunction. As a political militant and an organizer of young culture, he undertook different experiments involving collective creativity in urban and “worldwide” peripheral areas, in Nicaragua and in Indian reservations in the United States, as well as in Africa. He resumed his artistic activities in the 1980s, producing interactive installations which deal with our relation to nature and the world, offering visitors a chance to be part of the work. Those proposals sought in particular to raise awareness about ecological challenges, making use of the contribution of technology and science in the art world; with Piotr Kowalski and Claude Faure, he was the co-founder of the association Ars Tecnica in Paris in 1988. In 2003, he promoted the City of Turin’s Park of Living Art project, which summed up all his experiences and experiments to do with the Nature-Culture dialectic. In 2012, his work was shown in a large travelling show (Castello di Rivoli, Turin; Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven; Nottingham Contemporary Art, UK). In 2017, the MAXXI in Rome held a retrospective exhibition, Piero Gilardi. Nature Forever, showing the various aspects of his work. 

 

His work is part of prestigious collections such as MoMA (New York), Centre Pompidou (Paris), FRAC (Basse-Normandie, Caen ; Poitou-Charentes, Angoulême ; Artothèque Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Limoges), Modern Art Gallery (Milan), Civic Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art (Turin), Giorgio Morandi Foundation (Bologna), Ludwig Foundation (Vienna), MAMCO (Geneva), Moderna Museet (Stockholm), Centro per l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci (Prato), Museo Rufino Tamayo (Mexico City), Russian Museum (St. Petersburg).

 

 

Selected press



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artpress

Piero Gilardi

November 2020

arte e critica

Piero Gilardi. Cartes d'invitation

October 2020

arte e critica

Piero Gilardi - From nature to art

October 2020

Canale Arte

Piero Gilardi

October 2020

Flash Art

Piero Gilardi

October 2020

Che Fare

Piero Gilardi

September 2020

Les Inrockuptibles

Piero Gilardi

September 2020

ARTFORUM

Piero Gilardi

September 2020

Juliet

Piero Gilardi

September 2020

Libération

Piero Gilardi, mousse les temps futurs

September 2020

Le Monde

Piero Gilardi

June 2020

Juliet

Piero Gilardi

April 2020

Juliet

Piero Gilardi a Parigi

March 2020

Domus

The rebellin of domestic objects

January 2020

Juliet - Art Magazine

Piero Gilardi: siamo natura

November 2019

Collezione da Tiffany

Dentro l'opera: Incontro con Piero Gilardi

June 2019

Artribune

Nature Forever. Piero Gilardi a Roma

April 2017

Artribune

Dialoghi di Estetica. Parola a Piero Gilardi

July 2015

Art in America

Piero Gilardi. Organic Technology

July 2010

Zerodeux

Piero Gilardi

June 2010

artpress

Piero Gilardi pour une esthétique de l'abnégation

June 2010

Particules

Entretien

December 2009

Le Monde

Piero Gilardi

October 2009

Art Forum

Piero Gilardi

August 1989

Technological Arcadia su Art & Artists

Piero Gilardi

February 1968

Publications



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Piero Gilardi

Politiques de la végétation - pratiques artistiques, stratégies communautaires, agroécologie

September 2019
Publisher: Eterotopia
ISBN 979-10-93250-09-0
Piero Gilardi

Piero Gilardi. La tempesta perfetta

January 2018
Publisher: Prearo
ISBN 9788873481355
Piero Gilardi

Piero Gilardi. Nature forever

January 2017
Publisher: Quodlibet
ISBN 9788822900753
Piero Gilardi

Piero Gilardi. La mia biopolitica

January 2016
Publisher: Prearo
ISBN 978-8873481102
Piero Gilardi

Commons Art

September 2014
Publisher: Prinp Editore
ISBN 978-88-97677-54-3
Piero Gilardi

Piero Gilardi

January 2012
Publisher: JRP|Editions
ISBN 978-3-03764-242-9
Piero Gilardi

Piero Gilardi - Not for Sale

January 2003
Publisher: les presses du réel
ISBN 978-2-84066-079

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