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Germano Celant, 1940-2020

30/06/2020


On 29 april the coronavirus ended the life of Germano Celant, one of the most influential critics in the world of art. Celant, born in Genoa during World War ii, was for twenty-five years a curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City, where he put together mythical exhibitions like one on the Italian artist Mario Merz. In 1997 he was the director of the Venice Biennale and these past years he had collaborated closely with the Prada Foundation. But his most important contribution to the world of art had come earlier, in the 1960s, when at only 25 years of age he vigorously made a case for a kind of art that was marginal and poetic at the same time; an art that rested on the powers of ordinary materials and which was radically anchored to everyday life. He called it arte povera, or poor art.


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