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Piero Gilardi was an influential figure in the development o f Arte Povera (poor art) in Italy in the late 1960s centred in Turin – a mo vement that still influences art today. From the outset\, he was concerned with creating social relations through art. Collaborative Effects tracks Gi lardi’s approach to collaboration within and outside the art world over a 2 2-year period from 1963 to 1985 through his interactive sculptures and his creative work with social and political movements. It brings both these sto ries up-to-date through the inclusion of recent sculptures and work relatin g to anti-austerity and environmental campaigns in Italy. Collaborative Eff ects reveals the significant role Gilardi played in the development of the Italian and international avant garde of the late 1960s and 70s. It also re veals him as an important precursor of participatory and socially-engaged a rt practices today.

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The exhibition begins with Gilardi’s early scul pture – interactive sculptures based on natural motifs\, including his cele brated Nature Carpets. Gilardi’s Nature Carpets are highly colourful\, real istic sculptures of slices of nature made from carved and painted foam. A l arge number of these are included in the exhibition. Gilardi encouraged peo ple to use them – to lie on them\, picnic on them\, and carpet their homes with them. Other early sculptures were designed to be worn as clothing. The se sculptures are now too delicate to be physically engaged with but visito rs are invited to interact with a few similar recent works in the exhibitio n – a rocky mound with interior lights and a lifesize jigsaw puzzle of a fl ower-bed.

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Gilardi was always the most politically engaged artist of the Arte Povera scene. In the late 60s\, at a time of great political turm oil in Italy\, he left the art world altogether\, becoming a “creative faci litator” of street theatre and demonstrations for a range of radical causes – workers’ revolution\, the antipsychiatry movement\, radical youth groups \, and the rights of indigenous people around the world. This work took the form of making sculptural props and choreographing actions\, practices he continues to this day. Often based on satirical cartoons\, Gilardi’s agit p rop objects\, like his sculptures\, are executed in his favourite medium: c arved and painted foam.

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Piero Gilardi: Collaborative Effects is a partnership with Castello di Rivoli in Turin and Van Abbemuseum in Eindh oven.

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