Love Difference
Artistic Movement for an InterMediterranean Politic
In 2003 Pistoletto was awarded the Venice Biennale’s Leone d’Oro alla Carriera. At the Biennale he presented Love Difference – Artistic Movement for an InterMediterranean Politic, a project begun in April 2002 and coordinated by Cittadellarte’s Politic Office. A large reflecting table shaped like the Mediterranean basin, surrounded by chairs coming from the different countries that border on the sea, is Pistoletto’s symbol of Love Difference. Around this table, in Venice and later in other places around the world, he presented and developed many of the activities of Love Difference. In the exhibition Pistoletto & Cittadellarte, The Table of Cultures, mounted in Mantua in 2005, he showed six large panels, entitled Mediterranean Seas, each reproducing the shape of a sea (the Baltic Sea, Black Sea, Caribbean Sea/Gulf of Mexico, South China Sea, Red Sea and Mediterranean Sea) that joins different cultures, becoming a mediator among lands, languages, political visions and religions.
For more information on Love Difference, see www.lovedifference.org.

“Love Difference is a name, a slogan, a programmatic announcement. The movement joins the universality of art to the idea of political transnationality and focuses its activity in the Mediterranean area because this area mirrors the problems of global society. On one hand the difference between ethnic groups, religions and cultures is the cause of terrible conflicts, today; on the other a dramatic situation has been created by the supremacy of powers that produce uniformity and the leveling of defenses…. Uniformity and difference are the two antagonistic terms that represent the greatest conflictual tension in the present planetary reality. A policy that leads one to “love differences” is vital to the development of new prospects in the entire social realm” (from Love Difference Manifesto, 2002, in Journal 7, Cittadellarte, Biella 2002, 47).

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Inter Mediterranean
Napoli, 2002
Love Difference
Biella, 2002
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San Gimignano, 2002
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Venezia, 2003
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Venezia, 2003
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New York, 2004
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Arles, 2004
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Bologna, 2005
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Beirut, 2005
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Venezia, 2005
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Tunisi, 2005
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Modena, 2005-2006
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Mediterranean Sea, 2003-2005
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Baltic Sea, 2005
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Black Sea, 2005
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South China Sea, 2005
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Caribbean Sea, 2005
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Red Sea, 2005
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Torino, 2005
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Parma, 2006
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Zagreb, 2007
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Tel Aviv, 2007
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Napoli, 2007
Love Difference
Napoli, 2007
 MICHELANGELO PISTOLETTO
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