Gilardi: Tappeto-Natura | May 7, 2022 - January 11, 2023 at Magazzino Italian Art

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Magazzino Italian Art (2700 Route 9, Cold Spring, NY 10516) is thrilled to announce Piero Gilardi's first solo exhibition in the United States: Gilardi: Tappeto-Natura. This expansive show is dedicated to the Italian artist's Tappeto-Natura (Nature-Carpet) series at the core of his entire body of work.

On view from May 7, 2022 through January 9, 2023, the exhibition seeks to recount and illuminate the experience of a pioneering artist who, at the height of the 1960s, opened a dialogue between Italy and the United States, and who remains committed to investing in the formation of an international artistic community that embodies the tie between art and life.

Gilardi conceived Tappeto-Natura to concretize a dream: the dream of an ideal nature, uncontaminated, recreated in order to catalyze a cultural ‘re-enchantment’ with nature. Up through the mid-1900s, very little societal dialogue about environmental issues existed, with conversation ignited through important contributions such as Rachel Carson's Silent Spring in 1962, in which the threat of our human society on Earth's survival was first addressed. It was within the context of this burgeoning environmental awareness, in 1965, that Gilardi’s Tappeto-Natura series was born.

In his multisensorial Tappeti-Natura (Nature-Carpets) and through his dialogue with American artists, Gilardi found links between the “Microemotive Art” that was emerging in the U.S. and the work of his Italian peers who formed the Arte Povera movement. Michelangelo Pistoletto, with whom he shared many viewpoints, and Paolo Icaro, were fundamental to the formation of his artistic vision. Gilardi recognized the growth of a new global art movement and believed in creating relationships among artists living in worlds that were geographically distant but ideologically in sync.

The show, comprising sculptural works that span the museum lobby and Gallery 8, where they envelope the walls and floors in sculpted flora, has no frames. Gilardi wanted to move away from the “frame of artistic representation” in order to more directly interact with the viewer’s mind and body. In early exhibitions of this work, it was possible to walk, lie down and have a multisensory experience of art and life on these rug-like creations.

Tappeto-Natura is curated by Elena Re, and is organized with the support of the Embassy of Italy in Washington D.C. For more information about the show, please visit

About Piero Gilardi

Piero Gilardi (b.1942, Turin, Italy) was one of the protagonists of the Arte Povera movement. By focusing on art experiences and entering a real debate at the heart of the avant-garde that defined the 1960s, he arrived at theorizing “Microemotive Art.”

He created his first pieces in polyurethane foam in 1964, and in 1965 and began working on his Tappeto-Natura (Nature-Carpet) series which became a central part of his oeuvre. He has exhibited internationally in Paris, Brussels, Cologne, Hamburg, Amsterdam and New York, presenting innovative and immersive ecological works. He pivoted his art practice to engage with the new artistic trends of the late 1960s, including Arte Povera, Land Art, and Antiform Art, bringing these trends to the international stage. He collaborated on shows for the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands and the Bern Kunsthalle in Bern, Switzerland.

With a continued emphasis on the individual’s unique experience with his art, Gilardi began the artistic research project IXIANA in 1985, presented at Parc de la Villete in Paris, France, where he invited the public to artistically experiment with new digital technologies. Along with Claude Faure and Piotr Kowalski, he formed the International Association Ars Technica. He also conceived Parco Arte Vivente (PAV), an experimental center for contemporary art and a testament to his commitment to art in nature, which opened in 2008 in his hometown of Turin. He directs PAV’s art programs which include indoor and outdoor contemporary art installations and exhibitions, notably investigating Living Art.

SOURCE: Magazzino Italian Art Foundation

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