A humanist artist, Michelangelo Pistoletto has been developing a constantly evolving œuvre, of which the Mirror Paintings constitute the basis for artistic production and theoretical reflections. In Italy in the 1960s, he participated in establishing the Arte Povera movement, an activity which brought him to the public eye. Originally founded on an artistic approach, his path led him to societal and environmental issues, which he dealt with in a systematic way.
The Third Paradise is the political expression of a committed artist. Conceived as a symbol to guide us, it aims to open up to the future of a new humanity, reconciling Nature and Artifice. For this, the artist develops an organic vision of growth, brings a scientific gaze to bear on issues related to said growth, and compares socio-economic organisation with systems observed in nature. His perspective thus reflects another angle of freedom, commitment and sharing: a dimension of politics seen through a participative prism and a ‘responsible transformation of society through the generative role of art’. His aim is basically to offer a dynamic for change for this ‘planetary garden’ in which, in his own opinion, each of us is invited to freely participate so as to live together.
Jean-Paul Capitani, exhibition curator.
Exhibition venue: Chapelle du Méjan.