Piero Gilardi


Torino 1942

Piero Gilardi was born in Turin in 1942. In 1963 he held his first one-man show, entitled "Machines for the future". In 1965 he created his first pieces in polyurethane foam and exhibited them in Paris, Brussels, Cologne, Hamburg, Amsterdam and New York. As from 1968 he stopped producing regular art works to engage in the new artistic trends of the late '60s: Arte Povera, Land Art and Antiform Art. He took part in setting up the first two international exhibitions of the new trends at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and at the Bern Kunsthalle. In 1969 he started a long trans-cultural experience to conceptually analyse and practise the "Art/Life" combination. As political activist and animator of youth culture, he organised several experiences of collective creativity on urban and "world" fringes, such as Nicaragua, Indian Reserves in the USA and Africa. In 1981 he resumed his activity in the art world an exhibited installations, accompanied by creative public workshops. In 1985 he started and artistic research project with new technologies with the elaboration of the IXIANA PROJECT (which was presented at the Parc de la Villette in Paris). This work consisted of a technological park in which the public could artistically experiment with digital technologies. In the recent past he has produced a number of multi-medial interactive installations and participated intensively in international shows in the sector, e.g. the ARTEC Biennial of Nagoya, ARTIFICES 3 Paris and MULTIMEDIALE 4 Karlsruhe. In 1993 he set up a "virtual" hall at the 45th Biennial in Venice. He presides over the international association "Ars Technica" which has promoted two Arslab exhibitions of neo-technological art in Turin ("Arslab. Metodi ed Emozioni" in 1992, "Arslab, I Sensi del Virtuale" in 1995, "Arslab. I labirinti del corpo in gioco" in 1999). He has published two books of theoretical reflection about his varied forms of research: “Dall’arte alla vita, dalla vita all’arte” (From art to life, from life to art), La Salamandra, Milano 1981 and “Not for Sale”, Mazzotta, Milano 2000 and "Les Presses du reel", Dijon 2003. He writes articles for a number of different art magazines such as Juliet and Flash Art. He is promoting a large-scale project “Parco d’Arte Vivente” (Living Art Park opened in the 2008 in Turin) which contain a compendium of all his experiences concerning the relationship between Nature/Culture. 

1967 - Gallery Ileana Sonnabend, Paris1967 - Gallery Zwirner, Koln.
1967 - Gallery Sperone, Milan1967 - Gallery Fischbach, New York
1991 - Gallery Sperone Westeater, New York1998 - Gallery Massimo Minini, Brescia
1999 - Loggetta Lombardesca, Ravenna2006 - City Gallery of Modena2010 - Centre Creation Contemporaine de Tours
2012 - “Effetti Collaborativi”, Museo d’arte Contemporanea  del  Castello  di Rivoli
2012 - ”Effetti Collaborativi“,  Van Abbemuséum di Eindhoven 

1967 - Salon de Mai, Paris1968 - Group Exhibition, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
1987 - “Terrae Motus” Grand Palais, Paris1988 - Seoul Olympic Park, Seoul
1990 - “La otra scultura” Palacio de Cristallo, Madrid1992 - “Artifices II”, Paris.
1993 - “Artec 93”, Nagoya.
1993 - 45th Biennale di Venezia
1995 - “Multimediale 4”, Karlsruhe.
1996 - “Art & Fashion”, Biennal of Florence.
2000 - “Il sentimento del 2000” Triennale, Milan
2000 - “There is no spirit in painting”, Le Consortium, Dijon
2001/2 - "Zero to infinity: Arte Povera
 1962-1972" Tate Modern, London. Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington
2001 - "L'arte elettronica. Metamorfosi e metafore", Civica Galleria d'Arte moderna di Ferrara
2001 - "Media Connection", Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Roma
2002 - "Techne 02. Tra arte e tecnologia" Spazio Oberdan, Milano
2003 - “Fragments d’un discours italien” MAMCO, Geneve
2003 - Biennale d’Art Contemporain de Lyon
2003 - “Flower Power” Musèe d’art Moderne, Lille
2008 - “Installazione open-air, Verein Symposium Wien
2008 - “1968-1988” Pecci Museum, Prato2010 - “diverse forme bellissime” Parco d’Arte Vivente, Torino
2010 - “Arte Povera. Che fare? Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz
2010 - “D’apres nature” Chateau d’Avignon2011 - “Collector” Oeuvres du Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Lille