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The Timelessness of Piero Manzoni’s Achromes

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The first generation of European post-war artists was largely affected by the atrocities of World War II, so naturally the artworks they produced were deeply philosophically inclined and examined the issues of humanity. The dominating tendency was Lyrical Abstraction in France, or Abstract Expressionism in the United States; however, at the end of the 1950s, the international art scene saw the emergence of certain radical figures, among which was Italian artist Piero Manzoni.

The boundaries were moved by this innovator so much that looking from contemporary stance it seems that along with Yves Klein, Manzoni is one of the crucial artists of the 1960s. The upcoming generation of Arte Povera practitioners led by this art critic and curator was directly influenced by his multilayered practice.

Honor Manzoni’s short yet revolutionary practice, the Hauser & Wirth gallery exhibition focuses entirely on his Achromes series, a significant body of work produced in between 1957 until the artist’s death in 1963.

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