In 1964, at Galleria Sperone, he showed a group of seven works in plexiglass and photography. The Wall, for example, is a simple sheet of plexiglass that leans against the wall. Double Stair is composed of two plexiglass sheets bearing the photographs of the two ramps that make up the stair. Coffee Table is a plexiglass parallelepiped to which are applied photos of a coffee table, a record and a newspaper. The subject matter of the latter two works is also employed in two mirror paintings of the same period. This is a first step in the exploration, in real space, of the new spatial dynamic discovered with the mirror paintings. It is also a stand taken with respect to the use of everyday objects in the art world that was being made at the time, and a first declaration of the ‘conceptuality’ of art.

“I find myself inside the picture, beyond the wall that is perforated (though not, of course, in a material sense) by the mirror. On the contrary, since I cannot enter it physically, if I am to inquire into the structure of art I must make the picture move outward into reality, creating the ‘fiction’ of being myself beyond the mirror. At the present time it is easy to play on the identity between reality-object and art-object. A ‘thing’ is not art; but the idea expressed by that same ‘thing’ may be” (Michelangelo Pistoletto, I plexiglass, Galleria Sperone, Turin 1964).

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The Wall
Electric Wire Hanging on the Wall
Double Ladder Leaning Against the Wall
Electric Wire on the Floor
Red Sign on Plexiglass, on the Wall
Small Table with Record and Newspaper
Stack of Records