On the occasion of the Boetti/Salvo “Living, Working, Playing” exhibition a separate show is also held in the nearby “Spazio -1 Collezione Olgiati” aimed at describing Turin’s artistic climate in the 1960s and 1970s. It was a period of great expressive vibrancy, beginning in 1967 when the Arte Povera movement, inspired by the critic Germano Celant, first got underway.
We thought it would be important to focus our attention on the context of Boetti’s and Salvo’s activity in order to emphasize how their work was produced within a specific cultural milieu. Indeed, from 1966 to 1973 Turin was the stage of a once-in-a-lifetime meeting of the minds and forces that gravitated around the Sperone Gallery, where Alighiero and Salvo also held several solo shows. The exhibition, presents thirty selected works—some of which seminal ones—by Giovanni Anselmo, Alighiero Boetti, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Luciano Fabro, Piero Gilardi, Mario Merz, Marisa Merz, Aldo Mondino, Giulio Paolini, Giuseppe Penone, Gianni Piacentino, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Emilio Prini, Salvo and Gilberto Zorio.
The aim of this event is to reconstruct the intense artistic scenario where Boetti and Salvo ventured down their own respective paths. The research they carried out conversed with that of their fellow Poveristi, and was triggered by a complex game of cross-pollinations and reciprocal distance-taking. Many of the works on display are from the Collezione Olgiati, a collection that chiefly focuseson Italian art from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, for which Spazio -1 is a permanent exhibition site, while others are from a major long-term loan at the MASI, and temporary loans from museums and private collectors.