Arte Povera and 'Multipli' Torino 1970–75
September 18, 2014–April 2, 2015
Berlin

Giovanni Anselmo
Alighiero Boetti
Pier Paolo Calzolari
Giulio Paolini
Giuseppe Penone
Michelangelo Pistoletto
Salvo
Gilberto Zorio
curated by Elena Re

In 1970 Giorgio Persano opened 'Multipli', his first gallery in Torino. 'Multipli' was exceptional for its time. Working with Arte Povera artists and with other Italian artists linked to the conceptual art of the era, 'Multipli' produced a significant body of multiples from 1970 to 1975. Persano and his artists did not view the multiple merely as a means to circulate or multiply the image through the reproduction of an original. The gallery was founded, rather, on the notion that a work of art could be democratic. Although each piece was made as part of a series, each object would also retain the characteristics and aura of a unique piece. Curated by Elena Re, Sprüth Magers Berlin presents an exhibition that focuses in particular on artists associated with Arte Povera, exploring the idea of the multiple as the driving force behind a new form of artistic production.

 

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The artists who made and exhibited work at 'Multipli' were Giovanni Anselmo, Alighiero Boetti, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Giulio Paolini, Giuseppe Penone, Michelangelo Pistoletto and Gilberto Zorio, as well as Marco Gastini, Giorgio Griffa, Claudio Parmiggiani and Salvo. The artists did not develop a collective or specific medium for their works, but helped to transform the multiple into a historically important genre by developing a range of different techniques. Anselmo, for instance, worked with soil, Zorio incised cowhides, Salvo created marble plaques, Calzolari made installations with felt, golden thread and a rose, Penone used his forearm to make marks as a starting point to conceive a range of works, while Pistoletto started experimenting with screenprints on stainless steel. The gallery developed into a workshop for the production of works that were created especially as limited edition multiples, fashioning that combination of uniqueness and freedom that they strived to achieve. Apart from the reproducible nature of the work, and the innovative gallery model, the most important result was the quality of the work that emerged. This was due to the systematic, constructive engagement among all the artists, who worked together to create a new form of art.

The works produced by Persano’s 'Edizioni Multipli' have been exhibited in various shows over the last twenty years, including Arte Povera: Les multiples 1966-1980, Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain, Nice (1996); Che fare? Arte Povera – The Historic Years, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz (2010); Light Years: Conceptual Art and the Photograph, 1964-1977, The Art Institute of Chicago (2011).

Arte Povera and 'Multipli', Torino 1970-1975 is, however, the first show that focuses exclusively on Persano’s gallery. Elena Re – who is concurrently working on a larger, comprehensive analysis and exhibition of 'Multipli' – has curated a show of representative, historical works in order to shed light on the distinctive nature and importance of 'Multipli' and its era. Alongside the multiples themselves, the exhibition will be expanded with the display of a range of objects and documents, including books, magazines, invitation cards, information sheets and photographs.

 

Installation Views
Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Arte Povera and 'Multipli' Torino 1970–1975
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, September 18, 2014–April 2, 2015

Arte Povera and 'Multipli' Torino 1970–1975
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, September 18, 2014–April 2, 2015

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Arte Povera and 'Multipli' Torino 1970–1975
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, September 18, 2014–April 2, 2015

Arte Povera and 'Multipli' Torino 1970–1975
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, September 18, 2014–April 2, 2015

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Arte Povera and 'Multipli' Torino 1970–1975
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, September 18, 2014–April 2, 2015

Arte Povera and 'Multipli' Torino 1970–1975
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, September 18, 2014–April 2, 2015

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Arte Povera and 'Multipli' Torino 1970–1975
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, September 18, 2014–April 2, 2015

Arte Povera and 'Multipli' Torino 1970–1975
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, September 18, 2014–April 2, 2015

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Arte Povera and 'Multipli' Torino 1970–1975
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, September 18, 2014–April 2, 2015

Arte Povera and 'Multipli' Torino 1970–1975
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, September 18, 2014–April 2, 2015

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Arte Povera and 'Multipli' Torino 1970–1975
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, September 18, 2014–April 2, 2015

Arte Povera and 'Multipli' Torino 1970–1975
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, September 18, 2014–April 2, 2015

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Arte Povera and 'Multipli' Torino 1970–1975
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, September 18, 2014–April 2, 2015

Arte Povera and 'Multipli' Torino 1970–1975
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, September 18, 2014–April 2, 2015

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Arte Povera and 'Multipli' Torino 1970–1975
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, September 18, 2014–April 2, 2015

Arte Povera and 'Multipli' Torino 1970–1975
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, September 18, 2014–April 2, 2015

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Arte Povera and 'Multipli' Torino 1970–1975
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, September 18, 2014–April 2, 2015

Arte Povera and 'Multipli' Torino 1970–1975
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, September 18, 2014–April 2, 2015

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Arte Povera and 'Multipli' Torino 1970–1975
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, September 18, 2014–April 2, 2015

Arte Povera and 'Multipli' Torino 1970–1975
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, September 18, 2014–April 2, 2015

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Arte Povera and 'Multipli' Torino 1970–1975
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, September 18, 2014–April 2, 2015

Arte Povera and 'Multipli' Torino 1970–1975
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, September 18, 2014–April 2, 2015

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Arte Povera and 'Multipli' Torino 1970–1975
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, September 18, 2014–April 2, 2015

Arte Povera and 'Multipli' Torino 1970–1975
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, September 18, 2014–April 2, 2015

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Arte Povera and 'Multipli' Torino 1970–1975
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, September 18, 2014–April 2, 2015

Arte Povera and 'Multipli' Torino 1970–1975
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, September 18, 2014–April 2, 2015

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Arte Povera and 'Multipli' Torino 1970–1975
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, September 18, 2014–April 2, 2015

Arte Povera and 'Multipli' Torino 1970–1975
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, September 18, 2014–April 2, 2015

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Arte Povera and 'Multipli' Torino 1970–1975
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, September 18, 2014–April 2, 2015

Arte Povera and 'Multipli' Torino 1970–1975
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, September 18, 2014–April 2, 2015

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Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Arte Povera and 'Multipli' Torino 1970–1975
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, September 18, 2014–April 2, 2015

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Arte Povera and 'Multipli' Torino 1970–1975
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, September 18, 2014–April 2, 2015

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Arte Povera and 'Multipli' Torino 1970–1975
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, September 18, 2014–April 2, 2015

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Arte Povera and 'Multipli' Torino 1970–1975
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, September 18, 2014–April 2, 2015

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Arte Povera and 'Multipli' Torino 1970–1975
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, September 18, 2014–April 2, 2015

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Arte Povera and 'Multipli' Torino 1970–1975
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, September 18, 2014–April 2, 2015

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Arte Povera and 'Multipli' Torino 1970–1975
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, September 18, 2014–April 2, 2015

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Arte Povera and 'Multipli' Torino 1970–1975
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, September 18, 2014–April 2, 2015

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Arte Povera and 'Multipli' Torino 1970–1975
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, September 18, 2014–April 2, 2015

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Arte Povera and 'Multipli' Torino 1970–1975
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, September 18, 2014–April 2, 2015

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Arte Povera and 'Multipli' Torino 1970–1975
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, September 18, 2014–April 2, 2015

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Arte Povera and 'Multipli' Torino 1970–1975
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, September 18, 2014–April 2, 2015

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Arte Povera and 'Multipli' Torino 1970–1975
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, September 18, 2014–April 2, 2015

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Arte Povera and 'Multipli' Torino 1970–1975
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, September 18, 2014–April 2, 2015

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Arte Povera and 'Multipli' Torino 1970–1975
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, September 18, 2014–April 2, 2015

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Exhibited Works
Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Alighiero Boetti
Rosso Gilera - Rosso Guzzi, 1971

Alighiero Boetti
Rosso Gilera – Rosso Guzzi, 1971
2 iron plates, cork, enamel
25 × 25 cm (each)
9 7/8 × 9 7/8 inches (each)

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Giovanni Anselmo
Linea terra, 1970

Giovanni Anselmo
Linea terra, 1970
Soil on cardboard
20 × 73 cm
7 7/8 × 28 3/4 inches

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Giovanni Anselmo
Livella verticale, Livella orrizontale, 1966-1973

Giovanni Anselmo
Livella verticale
Livella orrizontale
, 1966-1973
Colour photograph
83 × 56.5 cm
32 3/4 × 22 1/4 inches
22 1/4 × 32 3/4 inches

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Giovanni Anselmo
Tutto, 1973

Giovanni Anselmo
Tutto, 1973
black and white photograph with intervention
40 × 50 cm
15 3/4 × 19 3/4 inches

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Giulio Paolini
Locus Solus, 1975

Giulio Paolini
Locus Solus, 1975
Screenprint on wood
36 × 36 cm
14 1/8 × 14 1/8 inches

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Gilberto Zorio
Odio, 1973

Gilberto Zorio
Odio, 1973
Cowhide, brand
185 × 165 cm
72 7/8 × 65 inches

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Gilberto Zorio
Odio, 1973

Gilberto Zorio
Odio, 1973
Cowhide, nails
180 × 165 cm
70 7/8 × 65 inches

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Salvo
La tartaruga e l'aquila, 1972

Salvo
La tartaruga e l'aquila, 1972
Engraving on marble
45 × 65 cm
17 3/4 × 25 5/8 inches

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Gilberto Zorio
Fluidità radicale, 1971

Gilberto Zorio
Fluidità radicale, 1971
colour photographs, aluminium frame
17 × 110 × 4 cm
6 3/4 × 43 1/4 × 1 5/8 inches

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Michelangelo Pistoletto
Specchio, 1973

Michelangelo Pistoletto
Specchio, 1973
Screenprint on stainless steel
100 × 70 cm
39 3/8 × 27 5/8 inches

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Pier Paolo Calzolari
Untitled, 1972-1975

Pier Paolo Calzolari
Untitled, 1972-1975
felt, golden thread, rose, projector
250 × 370 cm
98 3/8 × 145 3/4 inches

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Pier Paolo Calzolari
Untitled, 1972-1975

Pier Paolo Calzolari
Untitled, 1972-1975
felt, cane, book, tape recorder, gas torch
290 × 270 cm
114 1/8 × 106 1/4 inches

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Giuseppe Penone
Untitled, 1974

Giuseppe Penone
Untitled, 1974
4 black and white photographs, aluminium frame, forearm mark
50 × 50 cm (each)
19 3/4 × 19 3/4 inches (each)

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Giuseppe Penone
Guanto, 1972

Giuseppe Penone
Guanto, 1972
Colour photograph
34 × 41 cm
13 3/8 × 16 1/8 inches

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Giuseppe Penone
Untitled, 1974

Giuseppe Penone
Untitled, 1974
4 colour photographs, forearm mark, wooden frame
36 × 52.5 cm (each)
14 1/8 × 20 3/4 inches (each)

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Giuseppe Penone
Svolgere la propria pelle, 1970-1971

Giuseppe Penone
Svolgere la propria pelle, 1970-1971
7 plates with black and white photographs
71 × 109 cm (each)
28 × 43 inches (each)

Details
Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Alighiero Boetti
Rosso Gilera – Rosso Guzzi, 1971
2 iron plates, cork, enamel
25 × 25 cm (each)
9 7/8 × 9 7/8 inches (each)

Alighiero Boetti
Rosso Gilera - Rosso Guzzi, 1971
Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Giovanni Anselmo
Linea terra, 1970
Soil on cardboard
20 × 73 cm
7 7/8 × 28 3/4 inches

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Giovanni Anselmo
Livella verticale
Livella orrizontale
, 1966-1973
Colour photograph
83 × 56.5 cm
32 3/4 × 22 1/4 inches
22 1/4 × 32 3/4 inches

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Giovanni Anselmo
Tutto, 1973
black and white photograph with intervention
40 × 50 cm
15 3/4 × 19 3/4 inches

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Giulio Paolini
Locus Solus, 1975
Screenprint on wood
36 × 36 cm
14 1/8 × 14 1/8 inches

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Gilberto Zorio
Odio, 1973
Cowhide, brand
185 × 165 cm
72 7/8 × 65 inches

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Gilberto Zorio
Odio, 1973
Cowhide, nails
180 × 165 cm
70 7/8 × 65 inches

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Salvo
La tartaruga e l'aquila, 1972
Engraving on marble
45 × 65 cm
17 3/4 × 25 5/8 inches

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Gilberto Zorio
Fluidità radicale, 1971
colour photographs, aluminium frame
17 × 110 × 4 cm
6 3/4 × 43 1/4 × 1 5/8 inches

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Michelangelo Pistoletto
Specchio, 1973
Screenprint on stainless steel
100 × 70 cm
39 3/8 × 27 5/8 inches

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Pier Paolo Calzolari
Untitled, 1972-1975
felt, golden thread, rose, projector
250 × 370 cm
98 3/8 × 145 3/4 inches

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Pier Paolo Calzolari
Untitled, 1972-1975
felt, cane, book, tape recorder, gas torch
290 × 270 cm
114 1/8 × 106 1/4 inches

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Giuseppe Penone
Untitled, 1974
4 black and white photographs, aluminium frame, forearm mark
50 × 50 cm (each)
19 3/4 × 19 3/4 inches (each)

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Giuseppe Penone
Guanto, 1972
Colour photograph
34 × 41 cm
13 3/8 × 16 1/8 inches

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Giuseppe Penone
Untitled, 1974
4 colour photographs, forearm mark, wooden frame
36 × 52.5 cm (each)
14 1/8 × 20 3/4 inches (each)

Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’ Torino 1970–75 – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Giuseppe Penone
Svolgere la propria pelle, 1970-1971
7 plates with black and white photographs
71 × 109 cm (each)
28 × 43 inches (each)

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