Alighiero e Boetti

May 18, 2013 - February 17, 2014

<p>Alighiero e Boetti, <i>Mappa (Map)</i>, 1972. Dia Art Foundation; 
Gift of Louise and <br>Leonard Riggio. 
© Alighiero Boetti by SIAE / ARS, 2013</p>

Alighiero e Boetti, Mappa (Map), 1972. Dia Art Foundation; Gift of Louise and
Leonard Riggio. © Alighiero Boetti by SIAE / ARS, 2013


A new installation of embroidered works and large-scale works on paper by Alighiero e Boetti will be on view at Dia:Beacon through February 17, 2014. Selected from Dia's collection, the works include Ammazzare il Tempo (1978), Mappa (1972), Opera Postale (1980), Untitled (January-December) (1986), and the groundbreaking Untitled (Victoria Boogie Woogie) (1972), consisting of 5,040 envelopes the artist mailed to himself in Turin from different cities in Italy.


Artist Biography

Alighiero e Boetti was born in 1940 in Turin, Italy. In 1962, he abandoned studies in economics at the University of Turin to study painting in Paris in the studio of Johnny Friedlaender. Boetti’s first one-person exhibition of his sculptures and drawings opened in 1967 at Christian Stein Gallery in Turin and La Bertesca Gallery in Genoa. In 1971 he travelled to Kabul, Afghanistan, where he began a long-term collaboration with artisans and ran a hotel, returning frequently for extended periods of time until 1979. During his lifetime Boetti exhibited internationally and his work was featured in major group exhibitions including “When Attitudes Become Form: Live in Your Head” at the Kunsthalle, Bern; the Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld; and the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (1969); Documenta 5 (1972); Documenta 7 (1982); the Venice Biennale (1978, 1980, 1986, 1990, 1995, and 2001); “The Knot: Arte Povera” at P.S.1, New York (1985); and “Les Magiciens de la Terre” at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (1989). In 1994 the joint exhibition “Worlds Envisioned: Alighiero e Boetti & Frédéric Bruly Bouabré” opened at Dia Center for the Arts, New York. Boetti died on April 24, 1994, in Rome, Italy. He has had numerous posthumous retrospectives including “When 1 is 2: The Art of Alighiero e Boetti” at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (2002) and “Alighiero Boetti: Game Plan” at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; Tate Modern, London; and The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2011–12)

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