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A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler
A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler

Giovanni Anselmo: Beyond the Horizon

Giovanni Anselmo, Detalle (Particolare), 1972–74.

Abandoibarra Etorb., 2, 48009 Bilbo, Bizkaia, Spain

“There’s always been a drive in my work to expand the visual field,” said the artist Giovanni Anselmo, “a drive not to end the artistic experience—the artwork—within the space of the gallery, but instead to connect it to the outside world, the one where we live day-to-day.” Born in Turin in 1934, Anselmo later split his time between Turin and Stromboli. Climbing the Stromboli volcano in 1965, he noticed that his shadow was projected into the air, that in that moment he was “shadowless.” After that day, he always attempted to re-create in his work the forces that control the universe. As a member of the Arte Povera movement, Anselmo used unconventional materials and methods to counter historical and materialist artistic traditions. “It is Anselmo’s unique achievement to have fused perceivable and imperceivable realities with his art,” the curator Anne Rorimor once said. The artist, who died last December, helped plan this exhibition. —Jeanne Malle