An exhibition, curated by Elena Re, dedicated to Italian artist Piero Gilardi and the series at the core of his oeuvre: Tappeto-Natura (Nature-Carpet).
Through an ample selection of relevant works, 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.
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.”