An influential Italian art historian, art critic and curator Germano Celant (Germano Celant), the ideologue of the movement arte Povera, passed away in Milan on April 29 at the age of 80 from complications of a coronary virus infection.
Celant died at San Rafael Hospital, to which he was admitted several weeks ago, according to Italian media. He felt the symptoms of the virus coronas on his return from New York, where he visited Armory Show.
Celant and Michelangelo Pistoleto, screenshot – YouTube
Celant is the creator of the term arte Povera by which he described radically economical (poor) art Michelangelo the Pistolet, Janis Kunelis, Mary and Marize Merc, Giuseppe Penone, Pina Pascalia and other actors of that artistic movement, created in the mid-1960s in Italy.
Celant started his career in 1967, when he published it Arte believes “Notes for a Guerilla War” manifest in the magazine Flash Art, praising the “poor art” of authors who were devoted to unforeseen events, unhistorical, present … His exhibition “Im Spazio” at the La Bertesca Gallery in Genoa in 1967 is usually considered the beginning of the movement arte Povera, which was largely a response to Italy's postwar industrial culture and economy, and at the same time a contrast to the multicolored, commercial sensibilities of the American pop art.
Celant praised his favorite artists, who used unconventional materials, such as plywood or rags, in a political context. While writing his controversy and criticism, Italy found itself in a recession after a period of economic growth, and students under the influence of Karl Marx organized protests at colleges.
In 1997, Celant was the Artistic Director of the Venice Art Biennale, and he also held exhibitions in Guggenheim and other major museums and galleries. He was also on the magazine's editorial team Artforum i Interview… He was currently the Artistic Director of the Prada Foundation in Milan.
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He used to say that he did not feel like a man with power.
“I have always been interested in the power of art. Artists know this – that's why they believed me, “said Celant, born in 1940 in Genoa, where he studied art history with Eugene Batistei, with whom he later worked at the magazine Marcatre, founded by a group of critics, including writer Umberto Eck.
Celant also had connections with artists in the area, and at his second Bitef in 1968, his author's exhibition was planned in Belgrade as a young, promising critic at the time, but was postponed due to the sudden death of Pino Pascalli. That program was partly offset by the fourth Bitef, as he once stated Yesha Denegri in the text: “Michelangelo Pistoleto and Germano Celant in Belgrade, Atelier 212 and Belgrade Youth Center” (Art 24, Belgrade, 1970), Celant spoke about his preferences regarding arte trusts and the role of criticism in interpreting new phenomena.