Piero Manzoni: The Twin Paintings
Spotlighting two iconic ‘Achrome’ paintings from the late 1950s by renowned Italian artist Piero Manzoni (1933 – 1963), this publication provides an in-depth portrait of the artist’s radical series. His series of ‘Achromes’ — literally translated as ‘without color’ or ‘neutral’) initially with gesso and then with kaolin and creased canvases in 1957 and 1958 — mark the development of an entirely new visual language and reframing of artistic interpretation. His tireless quest to understand the artist’s role in the art making process prompted conceptual leaps and experiments in early performance art.
Co-published with Fondazione Piero Manzoni, the book opens with an introduction from the Foundation’s Director, Rosalia Pasqualino di Marineo. Supplemented with new photography of the works, ‘Piero Manzoni: The Twin Paintings’ features essays by art historians Luca Bochicchio (artistic director, Asger Jorn House Museum, Albissola, Italy) and Flaminio Gualdoni (professor, Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milan). Luisa Mensi (art conservator specializing in Manzoni and professor, Università IUAV, Venice) also writes a study of the works of this publication.