The Art of Giovanni Anselmo

Giovanni Anselmo was born in Borgofranco d'Ivrea in 1934. After completing his classical studies, he began, as a self-taught artist, to experiment with traditional drawing and painting and to work as a graphic designer. He was one of the artists included by the critic Germano Celant under the name of Arte povera.

Senza titolo, 1968.
Granito, lattuga, filo di rame.
Photo by Giorgio Mussa. Courtesy Archivio Anselmo.

His output tends to highlight the energy inherent in matter through combinations of materials and objects of opposite value (technological and natural, heavy and light, organic and inorganic), in order to obtain maximum tension from the dialectical interplay and contrast between the different elements.

Torsione, 1968
Ferro, fustagno.
Photo by Paolo Bressano. Courtesy Archivio Anselmo.

La sua ricerca tende a mettere in luce l'energia insita nella materia attraverso accostamenti di materiali e oggetti di valenza contraria

He has participated in important exhibitions and shows: Arte povera, 1967, Genoa, Galleria La Bertesca; various editions of the Venice Biennale and Documenta in Kassel; Biennale di San Paolo, 1994; Italian Art. The visible and the invisible, Museum of contemporary art, Tokyo, 1998; Minimalia. Da Balla a..., Palazzo delle esposizioni, Rome, 1998; Arte povera in collezione, Castello di Rivoli, 2000-01; On line: drawing through the twentieth century, MoMA, New York, 2010; Giovanni Anselmo, Castello di Rivoli, 2016. In 1990 he was awarded the international prize at the Venice Biennale and his works are currently kept in the most important international collections.

Opera in apertura: Entrare nell'opera, 1971.
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Foto Giovanni Anselmo. Courtesy Archivio Anselmo.