arte povera

Discipline: Art

(1970)

An Italian art movement which began after a similarly named exhibition (Turin, Mus. Civ.) organized by critic Germano Celant.

Relations with conceptual art and minimalism are evident, but its most typical expression is the happening. Practitioners refuse to recognize the 'product' or 'work', concentrating on the process rather than the result.

This term also refers to the base materials used by such artists as PISTOLETTO, MARIO CEROLI and MARIO MERZ.

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