Segno Arte
With the exhibition Segno Arte (Art Sign), held simultaneously in Rochechouart, Thiers and Vassivière, France, in the summer of 1993 Pistoletto began a new phase of work that developed along two lines, both already marked out in One Hundred Exhibitions in the Month of October (1976): the making of a series of works by the artist and the invitation to others to make their own Art Sign. Pistoletto’s Segno Arte is a figure formed by the intersection of two triangles that ideally inscribes a human body with raised arms and spread legs. With this form, used principally in a basic module measuring 210 x 120 x 60 cm, corresponding to the greatest extension of the artist’s body, Pistoletto made numerous works in different materials, such as doors, windows, garbage cans, etc. In 1999, at the Henry Moore Foundation in Halifax, he created Core Buildings – Art Sign. As an example of Art Signs made by others, one may cite Krems Wing, a permanent sculpture made in Krems in 1997 and composed of light panels, each of which contains the Art Sign of a Krems resident.

“Normally, tradition imposes one sign for all—a religious sign, a political sign, an advertising sign, the sign of a product. Signs invade the world, but only artists have created personal signs. Now it is time for others, too, to take responsibility for themselves... Everyone having a sign of their own has the key to the door of art, a door that leads to a reserved, intimate, personal space as well as to the space of social meetings” (Michelangelo Pistoletto, in The Mirror’s Door, Sarajevo 2001, 78).

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Segno Arte, 1976-1993
Segno Arte, 1976-1993
Segno Arte, 1976-1993
Segno Arte, 1976-1993
Segno Arte, 1976-1995
Segno Arte, 1976-1996
Wing of Krems - Segno Arte,
1976- 1997
Segno Arte Unlimited,
1976-1997
Door - Segno Arte Unlimited, 1976-1997
Inhabitable Spaces - Segno Arte, 1976-1999
Inhabitable Spaces - Segno Arte, 1976-1999
Inhabitable Spaces - Segno Arte, 1976-1999
Inhabitable Spaces - Segno Arte, 1976-1999
Through the Segno Arte, 2007
Segno Arte - Vitruvian Man, 1976-2007
 MICHELANGELO PISTOLETTO
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