The Free-Spirited Amalfi Coast Weekend That Gave Birth to Arte Povera

Feb 27, 2019 491

BY: Ara H. Merjian

For three days in early October 1968, a provincial port about 43 miles south of Naples loomed large in the trajectory of post-war aesthetics. Hosting works by a number of contemporary Italian and international artists—many of whom would come to form the core of Arte Povera —“Arte Povera + Azioni Povere” (loosely translated to “Poor Art + Poor Actions”) purposefully blurred the line between the static exhibition of objects and events unfolding in real time.

The works of art installed in the coastal town’s former armory merged with a range of performances and happenings that unfurled in piazzas, side streets, and even from boats in the beach-lined bay.As the third and final installment of a series of exhibitions in Amalfi in as many years—all of them organized and promoted by the young collector and author Marcello Rumma—“Arte Povera + Azioni Povere” proved by far the most consequential. 

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