The Minus Man
In December 1969 and January 1970 Pistoletto wrote The Minus Man, the Unbearable Side, a reflection on the activity conducted by The Zoo. The essay was written in exactly one month’s time, in one, final draft, on the 365 pages of a diary. The book took its name from The Minus Man, a game that was staged by The Zoo in Corniglia, in the summer of 1969, and that reappeared in The Minus Man’s Office, an installation first presented in Bologna in 1970. The Minus Man is for Pistoletto the symbol of the sole being, of the uniqueness in the great play of the double, and of the void understood as the container of all things.
Published in 1970 in Salerno by Marcello Rumma, the book is available today in the anthology of Pistoletto’s writings from 1962 to 1988, also translated into English, Un artista in meno/A Minus Artist (Hopefulmonster, Florence, 1989). The French edition (L’homme noir, Le coté insupportable, École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris) was published in 1988 and the German version (Der schwarze Mann. Die unerträgliche Seite, Pakesch & Schlebrügge, Vienna), in 1997.
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The Research
of the Minus Man, 1969
The Zoo
discover the Minus Man, 1969
The Zoo
discover the Minus Man, 1969
The Zoo
discover the Minus Man, 1969
The Zoo
discover the Minus Man, 1969
The Minus Man, 1969
The Minus Man, 1969
The Minus Man, 1969
The Office
of the Minus Man, 1970
The Minus Man, 1970
 MICHELANGELO PISTOLETTO
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