OCTOBER 13, 2001-JANUARY 13, 2002
ZERO TO INFINITY: ARTE POVERA 1962-1972
Exhibition
GALLERIES 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6



GIOVANNI ANSELMO ALIGHIERO BOETTI PIER PAOLO CALZOLARI LUCIANO FABRO PIERO
GILARDI
JANNIS KOUNELLIS MARIO
MERZ
MARISA
MERZ
GIULIO
PAOLINI
PINO
PASCALI
GIUSEPPE PENONE MICHELANGELO PISTOLETTO EMILIO
PRINI
GILBERTO ZORIO
   

Of all the artistic labels to emerge during the cultural ferment of the 1960s, Arte Povera is the most poetic as well as the most elusive. It was never an art movement or even an official group, the work never conformed to a single style or "look," and the term remains defiantly untranslatable ("poor art" does not do it justice). Arte Povera was an essentially Italian response to the widespread desire among artists to expand the physical and mental boundaries of art and to break down what they saw as the irrelevant divisions between art and life. The term was first coined by Genoese writer-critic Germano Celant in 1967. Throughout the sixties, he continued to use Arte Povera to define and champion the work of a number of young artists from Turin, Rome, Genoa, and Milan--all of whom, in radically different ways, were devoted to redefining the properties and possibilities of painting and sculpture within the context of Italy's past, present, and future.

Image
Marisa Merz
UNTITLED (LIVING SCULPTURE)
1966

Zero to Infinity: Arte Povera 1962-1972, comprised of more than 140 objects and organized collaboratively by the Walker Art Center and Tate Modern, London, is the first major exhibition to focus exclusively on early work by the 14 key artists associated with the genesis of Arte Povera. Wiping clean the slate of art history, these artists adopted an egalitarian attitude toward both traditional and more mundane artistic materials (air, wax, mirrors, lead, newspaper, vegetation, neon, pipe, fabric), introducing a metaphysical and iconoclastic aesthetic that has had a profound effect on the art of today.

Image
Alighiero Boetti
PLANSIFERO POLITICO
(POLITICAL MAP OF THE WORLD)

1969

Whatever the medium or the method, Arte Povera remains quintessentially Italian. Although it emerged out of a country in flux--in the mid-1960s the postwar economic boom of the "Italian Miracle" had deteriorated into social protest and upheaval, culminating in the May 1968 economic revolts and massive workers' strikes in 1969--this was not an art of disillusionment, but of hope and a radical belief in the transformative power of art and human endeavor. Arte Povera may have been the expression of a specific time and place, but artists across the world continue to follow its pioneering example.





IN THE WALKER ART CENTER SHOPS
ZERO TO INFINITY: ARTE POVERA 1962-1972
Published by the Walker with the Tate, the fully illustrated 304-page exhibition catalogue includes selected artists' writings, an introduction by curators Richard Flood and Frances Morris, and essays by Francesco Bonami, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Corinna Criticos, Robert Lumley, and Karen Pinkus. Hardcover: $50 ($45 Walker members).


TOUR SCHEDULE
THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, LOS ANGELES
MARCH 10-AUGUST 11, 2002

HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, WASHINGTON, D.C.
OCTOBER 17, 2002-JANUARY 12, 2003


JANUARY EVENTS

FREE TOURS
SUNDAY, JANUARY 6, 2002, 2 PM

SUNDAY, JANUARY 13, 2002, 2 PM
Join the Walker Art Center's knowledgeable tour guides for a lively, engaging, and informative tour of the exhibition.



DECEMBER EVENTS


FREE TOURS
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 200,1 2 PM

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2001, 2 PM
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2001, 2 PM

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2001, 2 PM
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2001, 2 PM

Join the Walker Art Center's knowledgeable tour guides for a lively, engaging, and informative tour of the exhibition.


CONTRIBUTING MEMBERS' LUNCHEON AND TOUR
MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 12 NOON $30 CONTRIBUTING-LEVEL MEMBERS
Join Walker Visual Arts curators Richard Flood and Douglas Fogle for a luncheon followed by a tour of the exhibition. For event details or Contributing-level membership information, call 612.375.7641.



NOVEMBER EVENTS


FREE TOURS
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2 PM

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2 PM
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18
, 2 PM
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2 PM
Join the Walker Art Center's knowledgeable tour guides for a lively, engaging, and informative tour of the exhibition.


DESIGN TALK: ANDREW BLAUVELT
RADICAL INTERVENTIONS: ITALIAN DESIGN OF THE 1960S
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 7 PM
Using the time frame suggested by the exhibition, Walker Design director Andrew Blauvelt surveys the exuberant, experimental, and polemical Italian product design of the era.


FILM SERIES
BEFORE AND AFTER THE REVOLUTION: ITALIA ANNI 1962-1972
NOVEMBER 7-24
An survey of visionary work before and after Italy's cultural revolution, this series features rarely screened films and two documentaries from the 1990s that revisit this vital period of Italian history.


WALKER AFTER HOURS
PLAYING FAVORITES
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 7-10 PM
Escape to the radical works of 14 Italian artists in Zero to Infinity: Arte Povera 1962-1972.


MACK LECTURE: JUDITH KIRSHNER
PORTRAIT OF THE CRITIC: CARLA LONZI AND ARTE POVERA
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2 PM
Judith Kirshner, critic and dean of the College of Architecture and the Arts at the University of Illinois-Chicago, discusses the work of Carla Lonzi (1931-1982), a founder of Italy's feminist movement and a central critic of Arte Povera.



OCTOBER EVENTS


FREE TOURS
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2 PM

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2 PM
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27
, 2 PM
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2 PM
Join the Walker Art Center's knowledgeable tour guides for a lively, engaging, and informative tour of the exhibition.



WALKER AFTER HOURS/PREVIEW PARTY
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 9 PM-12 MIDNIGHT
Join us for an evening of Italian art and elegant entertainment to celebrate the opening of this internationally touring exhibition.


OPENING-DAY DIALOGUE: SPACES OF ARTE POVERA
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2 PM
Tommaso Trini, a critic active during the era, and Robert Lumley, British scholar of Italian cultural history and catalogue contributor, discuss the ideas and ambitious work of the artists associated with Arte Povera.


GALLERY TALK: DOUBLE ZERO EQUALS INFINITY
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 6:30 PM
On this tour, take a look at the paradoxes that make Arte Povera so rich.


MACK LECTURE: JORIE GRAHAM
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2 PM
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jorie Graham reads an "Occasional" score that weaves her own language with that assembled from Michelangelo Pistoletto's critical Arte Povera texts.


EDITORS' FORUM: THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2 PM
Sandra Antelo-Suarez of Trans magazine, Massimiliano Gioni of Flash Art, Amanda Sharp from Frieze, and Jack Bankowsky of Artforum discuss the influences of critical journals on global cultural trends.




ZERO TO INFINITY: ARTE POVERA 1962-1972 WAS ORGANIZED BY THE WALKER ART CENTER, MINNEAPOLIS, AND TATE MODERN, LONDON.

THE U.S. PRESENTATION OF ZERO TO INFINITY: ARTE POVERA 1962-1972 IS MADE POSSIBLE BY THE ITALIAN TRADE COMMISSION.

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FOR THE EXHIBITION HAS BEEN PROVIDED BY HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL, THE MRS. ESTÉE LAUDER PHILANTHROPIC FUND OF THE JEWISH COMMUNAL FUND, THE ANDY WARHOL FOUNDATION FOR THE VISUAL ARTS, CRAIG BAKER, THE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI CULTURA, AND ROOM & BOARD. OPENING EVENTS ARE MADE POSSIBLE BY CHRISTIE'S. PROMOTIONAL ASSISTANCE PROVIDED BY MPLS.ST.PAUL MAGAZINE.