This volume gathers together, for the first time, extensive documentation on Michelangelo Pistoletto’s theatre and performative works of the 1960s and 1970s.A fundamental but overlooked aspect of Pistoletto’s work is its emphasis on collaboration and participation. In 1967 his studio became a meeting place for poets, actors, and film people.\nOut of this emerged the heterogeneous Zoo group, a ‘creative collaborative’ that was active between 1968 and 1971. According to Pistoletto, ‘it was perhaps one of the first experiments in the passage from the object to an aesthetic of relation’.\nThe Zoo performed a series of actions in streets and piazzas throughout Italy, a kind of spontaneous and chaotic theatre. Their historical references were traveling theatre troupes, storytellers and troubadours, acrobats and carnival merrymakers, and the commedia dell’arte.\nThe history of Zoo is told with great passion by the artist in a long discussion with Andrea Bellini. He also evokes Arte Povera, his works of the 1980s, as well as more recent projects he realised in the 1990s.\nPublished to coincide with a performance in Turin during Artissima 2009, the book includes splendid photographs by leading Italian photographers such as Ugo Mulas and Paolo Mussat Sartor, as well as descriptions of performances by the artist.\nEnglish and Italian text.
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