Piero MANZONI (1933 - 1963)

The Italian artist Piero Manzoni is perhaps most well-known for his Achromes, textured, white, monochromatic paintings, which he began in the late 1950s. The influence of Yves Klein and his series of monochromes is evident and attributable to Manzoni's exposure to Klein's work in early 1957.

 

The 1961 work Merda d'artista (Artist's Shit) (literally ninety numbered tins of his feces), was just one of his controversial works which made him notorious within the conceptual art world.

 

Manzoni has been the focus of several major international exhibitions, including Castello di Rivoli-Museo d'Arte Contemporanea (1992), and the Serpentine Gallery, London (1998), and is represented in the collections of the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Tate Modern, London; and the Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin.