Michelangelo Pistoletto


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Status, price and estimation of the artist Michelangelo Pistoletto

Price of a painting: 700 – 3,400,000 €.

Price of a drawing: 400 – 1,400,000 €.

Estimation of a print: 300 – 143,000 €.

Price of a sculpture: 430 – 110,000 €.

Price of a photograph: 250 – 1,500,000 €.

Furniture estimate: 80-6,700 €.

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The evolution of its production and its belonging to Arte Povera

Michelangelo Pistoletto is a contemporary Italian painter and sculptor. He was born in 1933 and is closely associated to the Arte Povera movement. His work is crossed by the question of reality and its representation. Thus, the artist explores various mediums and techniques such as painting, theatre, photography and cinema.

From the age of 20, he trained with his father, a painting restorer, and followed a course in advertising graphics at the same time.  At the end of the 1950s, he began his artistic career by producing numerous self-portraits on gold or silver steel surfaces. This practice gave him the idea of mirrors, which was to take an important place in his art from 1962 onwards. The work is created with the involuntary participation of the spectator who sees himself reflected in the coded space of the painting, creating a continuity between the real and the imaginary.

At the beginning of the 1960s, he combined painting and photography while using waste materials in the style of Arte Povera. Indeed, Arte Povera is a movement that advocates poverty as a value in the face of a bourgeois society based on wealth. Several artists such as Giovanni Anselmo, Alighiero e Boetti, Pier Paolo Calzolai, Luciano Fabro and Giuseppe Penone follow this approach by using waste materials for their creations.

A little later in his production, Pistoletto questions the accumulation of objects and the notion of the creator in his series Oggetti in meno.

Performances and the creation of the Zoo

In the 70s and 80s, Pistoletto turned to performance and created the “Zoo Group” in his workshop in Biella, Italy, where he still works today. These performances are set up within the framework of collective actions. Various artists are welcomed in his Zoo. In this way, he seeks to offer a space open to all.

In 1998, Pistoletto inaugurated the Fondazione-Cittadellarte in which he organised exhibitions, meetings and invited artists and others to raise awareness and social responsibility.

Pistoletto’s fame:

Consecrated by various galleries, events and museums, Pistoletto, a much-acclaimed artist, was given an exhibition at the Louvre Museum in 2013. During the event, his works were confronted with those of several rooms of the museum.

His works are displayed in some the world’s leading museums of contemporary art including the MoMa, the Centre Pompidou and the Guggenheim Museum.

Recognising Michelangelo Pistoletto’s signature

Like many artists, Michelangelo Pistoletto did not sign all of his works. However, you will find below an example of a signature in order to give you a first idea. Variations of this signature exist: do not hesitate to contact one of our experts to authenticate a signature in a formal way.

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Appraising and selling a painting by Michelangelo Pistoletto

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You will then be contacted by a member of our team of experts and auctioneers to give you an independent view of the market price of your painting. In the event of a sale, our specialists will also advise you on the various options available to sell your work at the best price.