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The picture has exited the frame, the statue has descended from the plinth. Since then, my work—that is, the aesthetic act—has begun to melt into the spaces of life itself.
Lévy Gorvy is pleased to announce the extension of Porte Uffizi, part of a major exhibition of works by the renowned Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto. Lévy Gorvy’s exhibition will resonate with the themes that have animated Pistoletto’s body of work for over six decades: perception, time, history, tradition, and the relationship between art, artist, and viewer.
Porte Uffizi (1994–2020)—occupying the entirety of Lévy Gorvy’s top floor—is a unique, newly realized version of a seminal installation by Pistoletto, comprised of an open-timber architectural structure of subdivided chambers, each labeled with a single word such as Economy, Science, and Spirituality. Major works by Pistoletto will be installed within each chamber, illustrating Pistoletto’s belief that art should unite with other aspects of society.
If contemporary art led the artist to the greatest freedom, it also led him to the greatest responsibility. —Michelangelo Pistoletto
In conjunction with the artist, Lévy Gorvy will be collaborating with Cittadellarte– Fondazione Pistoletto to further his Third Paradise initiative. Embodied by a symbol that Pistoletto uses to signify a balanced connection between artifice and nature, his foundation is devoted to realizing this balance through principles of democratic praxis (Demopraxy) and ecological sustainability. The organization conducts programs globally that build bridges between local communities and organizations, promoting new perspectives of thought and action in an extension of Pistoletto’s abiding commitment to humanist ideals.