Michelangelo Pistoletto was born in Biella in 1933. Between 1961 and 1962 he made the first Mirror Paintings, which directly include the viewer and real time in the work. The Mirror Paintings quickly brought Pistoletto international acclaim. Between 1965 and 1966 he created a set of works entitled Minus Objects, considered fundamental to the birth of Arte Povera. In 1967 he began to work outside traditional exhibition spaces, with the first instances of that “creative collaboration” he developed over the following decades by bringing together artists from different disciplines and diverse sectors of society. During the Nineties, with the creation in Biella of Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto he brought art into active relation with different spheres of society with the aim of inspiring and producing responsible social change. In 2003 he won the Venice Biennale’s Golden Lion for Lifelong Achievement. In 2004 the University of Turin awarded him a laurea honoris causa in Political Science. On that occasion the artist announced what has become the most recent phase of his work, Third Paradise. In 2007, in Jerusalem, he received the Wolf Foundation Prize in the Arts, “for his constantly inventive career as an artist, educator and activist whose restless intelligence has created prescient forms of art that contribute to fresh understanding of the world.” In 2011 he was the artistic director of Evento 2011 – L'art pour une ré-évolution urbaine in Bordeaux. In 2013 the Louvre in Paris hosted his personal exhibition Michelangelo Pistoletto, année un – le paradis sur terre. In this same year he received the Praemium Imperiale for painting, in Tokyo. In May 2015 he received a degree honoris causa from the Universidad de las Artes of Havana in Cuba. In October of the same year he creates a monumental sculpture, Rebirth, in the park of of the Palais des Nations in Genève.
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