Piero Manzoni’s art reflects on the value of the artistic act, and influenced an entire generation of international artists. Born on 13 July 1933 in Soncino (Cremona), he grew up in Milan. His earliest works adopt traditional techniques, after which he progressed to new materials such as wax, plaster and glue. His canvases subsequently became a pretext for the act of breaking. In 1955 he made impressions with ordinary objects such as nails, scissors and pincers, and produced his first Achromes, large white surfaces soaked in glue and kaolin. He moved beyond the surface of the painting with works like Bodies of Air, balloons he blew up himself and Magic Bases, pedestals on which anyone can become a work of art. In the 1960s, he abandoned plaster in favour of provocative performances, such as Living Sculptures, and in 1961 he sold his tins of Artist’s Shit. He carried out all these acts in the name of the desecration of art and its values. On 6 February 1963, Manzoni died of a heart attack in his studio in Milan at just 33 years of age.
Piero Manzoni’s works have been previously exhibited at Punta della Dogana in “Prima Materia” (2013-2015) and “Slip of the Tongue” (2015-2016); and at Palazzo Grassi in “Where are We Going? Works chosen from the collection of François Pinault” (2006).