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Alighiero Boetti at the Tate Modern

The work of the one of the key members of ‘Arte Povera’ can be enjoyed at the London gallery until 27 May.


The late Alighiero e Boetti first came to prominence in his twenties as a member of ‘Arte Povera’, the movement that used basic, easily-obtainable materials such as wood, rocks, cloth and coal. Examples of his art in this vein are on display in one of the exhibition halls and include tubes stacked one on top of the other, a tower of compressed cardboard and a piece in which hundreds of paper doilies are piled up to resemble a column.

These early ideas became fundamental to the artist: the notion of repetition and play and the importance of even the simplest aspects of childhood such as stacking one thing on top of the other.

The exhibition is strongest, however, in the work for which he is most well-known: his maps. With the help of others he wove maps of the world without geographical contours; instead painting the flag of each country in its corresponding space.

Boetti: undoubtedly an artist with a complex body of work that remains relevant and influential today.

Runs until 27 May 2012.

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(Translated by: Rachel Eadie – Email:

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