Monzoni~Pierro, ‘Catalogo Generalo’, volume I & II*


Author: Germano Celant
Publisher: Skira, Milano.
Year: 2004
ISBN: 88-8491-146-X
Two volumes in matching slipcase, First edition, Italian / English. It includes the original acetate covers. Pictorial boards with glassine dustjacket,  28.5 x 25 cms, 687p (continuously numbered), profusely illustrated in colour (vol. 1) and bl/w (vol.2). With extensive documentation and historical photographs. The monumental catalogue raisonné of this important Zero artist, describing 1144 works + appendices. 
Condition: as new.
Catalogue Raisonné of all the works of Piero Manzoni edited by Germano Celant. Text in English and Italian

Player of the second half of the 20th century, Manzoni interpreted the cultural experiences and revisited them all mixed with a variety of materials.
Thirty years of life and seven of work, a major player on the artistic scene of the second half of the 20th century, Piero Manzoni saw and interpreted the cultural experiences of his time, both Italian and international, and revisited them, all mixed and matched with a vast variety of materials: from cottons to “shit”, from kaolin to polystyrene, from fibreglass to the human body.
Piero Manzoni’s all too brief yet intellectually scandalous existence unfolded in the late 1950s and early 1960s in Milan, a city that with his work, the “achrome”, the artist opened up to even the most innovative experimentations of the European avant-garde. He produced an art that lay outside of trends and labels, an alchemistic, anarchistic art, constantly ready to divest traditional aesthetic values, seeking a complete recataloguing of the world.

Created in collaboration with the Archivio Opera Piero Manzoni – Onlus, this volume is the first complete cataloguing of the work of Piero Manzoni (Soncino 1933 - Milan 1963).
Commissioned by the artist’s heirs, Germano Celant documents all of Manzoni’s creative digressions, cataloguing, by means of direct inspection and scientific analysis, all the works in existence, which total 1229 published works, over 400 of which reproduced in colour.

Germano Celant (Genoa, 1940) is Senior Curator for Contemporary Art at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York and contributing editor of the magazines Artforum and Interview, New York. He is also responsible for the “Arts” feature of the weekly L’Espresso, Rome.
Author of over fifty publications, comprising books and catalogues, he earned an international reputation with his theories on Arte Povera.
His own work as a historian of contemporary art is oriented toward the fusion of languages and the historical-environmental contextualization of the arts. In addition, since the second half of the eighties, with exhibitions like “Futurismo&Futurismi,” 1986, and “Arte Italiana. Presenze 1900-1945,” 1989, for Palazzo Grassi, Venice, “Italian Art in the XX Century,” Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1989, and “The Italian Metamorphosis, 1943-1968,” Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, he has turned his attention to reflection on the history of Italian art in the twentieth century, with a particular view to promoting an awareness of it abroad.
In 1996 he was artistic co-director of the first Florence Biennale, devoted to “Art and Fashion,” and, in 1997, was curator of the 47th International Exhibition of Art The Biennale of Venice.
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