Alighiero Boetti


Alighiero Boetti was born in Torino (1940-1994). He was one of the most important participants in the Arte Povera and Conceptual Art movements.

Boetti is without a doubt, among the conceptual artists, the one who created the most enjoyable art from an esthetic point of view.


Reality is codified in his works through a mixture of symbols, convention, and mathematic transcription of the existent. The recurring instruments are the fascination of his works such as, the obsessive use of doubles, the codes, the symmetry of form and for the use of numbers and letters.

Boetti was self-taught and from 1972 he begins to sign his works Alighiero and Boetti. This is his point of arrival; that of a reflection on the duality or split personality between reality and language that began in the sixties with his work called the Gemelli or "Twins." This is a postcard where we see the artist who is holding hands with his double although not identical double, while walking along a tree lined path.


Boetti was the most important conceptual artist, versatile and kaleidoscopic. With his inventions of elementary iconic systems, he became the most appreciated artist of the neoavanguardia by the public. The most famous works are the tapestries of phrases. His works bring into question the traditional role of the artist, questioning concepts of seriality, repetitivity and authorship.


The United States honored him after his death with a personal show at MOCA of Los Angeles, which then traveled to the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center of Long Island.

Since 1994, the Boetti Archive preserves and promotes the works of the artist in Italy and abroad and works to organize personal exhibits as well as, collective at national and international institutions.

In fact, from July 1st through October 1st, 2012, there will be a personal exhibit at MOMA of New York.

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